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2013 Justin Vineyards US Red Blend "Justification"

Winery: Justin Vineyards

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Justification"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 58% Cabernet Franc & 42% Merlot

Region: Paso Robles

State or country: CA

Price: $50

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 91 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: January 29, 2017

Wine Review: This opaque and very dark ruby colored Cab Franc based blend is very good. It opens with fragrant black currant and blueberry. The flavor profile is a tasty ripe black cherry and plum blend with notes of blueberry and mild minerality. There are also some nice hints of oak mixed in as well. The finish is dry and its flavors and very fine tannins drift away nicely. This wine was well liked by all that tried it. It would pair perfectly with a filet mignon. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Color: Deep ruby core going to a lighter, more purple rim with full tears that show moderate staining on the glass. Aroma: Aromatic with ripe blackcurrant, sweet black and red cherry fruit, baking spice, licorice, cocoa accented with attractive pencil shaving, and camphor notes. Palate: Full bodied, with black and red currant and cherry fruit, and attractive vanilla and cinnamon spice on entry and savory, smoky dried herbs with chocolate and cedar accents appearing in mid-palate. The texture of the wine is very clean and crisp with woody notes, bright cherry fruit and balancing tannins that focus the wine through its long, complex finish. The 2014 Justification is an elegant, beautifully balanced and complex wine that respects dishes that might be overpowered by a deeper, richer wines like veal with a morel cream sauce, or pork tenderloin with an herbed berry reduction.

Organic status: not organic

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