2016 Justin Justification Paso Robles

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Varietal Composition: 57% Merlot, 43% Cabernet Franc



Appearance: Dark ruby purple core with blue/black secondary hue, a medium rim with thick



tears showing slight staining on the glass.



Aroma: Aromatic and complex with ripe red cherry, black currant and a little berry with vanilla,



cinnamon and licorice spice, cedar and graphite notes, oak, leather, dried autumn leaves and a



minty hint of camphor.



Palate: Moderate-plus to full-bodied, dry, with ripe cherry and cassis mixed with baking



spice on entry joined by cedar and oak on the mid-palate with complex savory, herbal



elements. The finish is long, balanced and clean, with returning red and black fruit and



perfectly proportioned, fine, mouth-filling tannins. The 2016 JUSTIFICATION is elegant with a



perfect balance of fruit, savory and textural elements making is a versatile food pairing wine.



To prove this, try it with a wide range of dishes from Rotissierie Chicken, or Duck Confit, to



Entrecote Bordelaise et pomme frites, a classic regional dish from Bordeaux of pan seared



steak with a red wine shallot and thyme pan sauce served with crispy fries.



 



The 2016 vintage started with a warm winter, with near normal precipitation levels. The rain



was helpful to replenish the underlying soils a bit for the coming vintage, but not enough to



break a five-year drought. The spring was warm, causing an early bud break followed by a



cooling period that prolonged the flowering season without negatively affecting pollination,



spreading out the season a bit. June and July were warm with veraison only slightly earlier than



normal but lasting a bit longer due to the variable flowering times seen in the spring. August



stayed warm through early September when things cooled a bit, allowing the remaining fruit to



continue to develop maturity through September and October, nicely balancing ripeness and



maturity in our cabernet franc and merlot parcels.



 



Fermentation: Stainless steel open and closed top tanks with UV43 yeast, twice daily pump



overs



Maturation: Barrel aged for 20 months in 100% French oak (45% new)



Tasting Notes by Jim Gerakaris, CWE - JUSTIN Winery Sommelier


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