2012 Justin Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles

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Winery Notes



   Beautifully balanced, with attractive aromas of black fruit and spice, this smooth, ready to drink cabernet sauvignon is made with the same care as the highest quality, traditionally crafted Bordeaux styled wines. Our grapes are hand-picked and then sorted by the berry for consistent quality and flavor. JUSTIN Cabernet Sauvignon then spends more than a year in traditional small oak barrels to impart a depth and complexity, expressing the influence of ancient limestone soils and the unique climate of Paso Robles and bringing out a classic cabernet character in this exceptional wine.



Vintage notes



  The 2012 vintage began with a cold, dry winter and a cool spring which delayed bud-break until mid-April, about three weeks later than usual, minimizing the chances of damage from a late frost. Warm temperatures in early June and a very hot July moved things along with veraison beginning a few weeks early in late July. August started a little cooler, but soon warmed to over 100° each day for more than a week helping us to catch up on ripeness and maturity. The first rainfall occurred on October 10th but it did not affect the harvest as it warmed up again from late October through early November.



We received the first real winter cold and rain on November 11th just as we were bringing in the last of the cabernet, only a few weeks later than normal.



Harvest notes



Harvest Period: 9/27/2012– 11/16/2012



Vinification fermentation:



17 days in stainless steel open and closed-top tanks; fermented with UV43 yeast with twice daily pump-overs.



Maturation: 14 months barrel ageing in American Oak (30% new)



Tasting notes



Appearance: Clear with a medium ruby, purple core and light violet rim.



Aroma: With medium-plus intensity, it’s a beautifully classic cabernet sauvignon mix of ripe blackcurrant, black and red cherries with vanilla, cedar, sweet tobacco, and licorice accents.



Palate: Medium-plus body with dark fruit of cassis and black cherry on the entry. Barrel notes of vanilla and cedar with savory black tea and herbal notes come through on the mid-palate. The finish is long and clean with lingering bright cherry and spice of sassafras and licorice, surrounded by smooth firm to medium tannins. A traditionally styled cabernet sauvignon in all respects – beautifully balanced and food friendly, the 2012 JUSTIN Cabernet Sauvignon is a good match to burgers and steak right off the grill


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