The Old World meets the New with a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot
Bright, with a deep ruby core lightening to a ruby garnet at the rim, with light staining on slow-forming, persistent tears. Highly aromatic with black cherry, pomegranate, and red plum fruit along with notes of vanilla, new leather, pencil shavings, and oak. Moderate-plus bodied with ripe blackberry, baked strawberry, and juicy plum on entry, evolving into the savory midpalate with moderate, fine tannins and notes of leather, dried oregano, wild sage, and white rose petal with dusty terra-cotta. The finish is long and intricate with sweet tobacco, vanilla bean, oak, licorice, and a lingering note of camphor.
Blend: 66% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot
About Justin Winery
OUR VINEYARDS – We planted our first vineyard back in 1981 with a mission to make world-class Bordeaux-style blends. Since then, we’ve expanded both our knowledge of viticulture in this unique region as well as our acreage.
SOIL – Rich in fossilized limestone from eons of marine deposits, JUSTIN’s soil is ideally suited to creating big, Bordeaux-style reds. The limestone “stresses” the vines, producing grapes that fully express their varietal character.
CLIMATE – Paso Robles’ distinctive microclimate offers the widest day-night temperature swings of any grape-growing region in California. The hot days allow the grapes to develop intense flavor, while the cool nights create great structure and balance.
OUR WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY
At JUSTIN, we combine traditional Old World methods—like hand-harvesting and small-barrel aging in French oak—with New World technology. For example: the “Air Knife,” an ingenious process invented by our winemakers, boosts grape quality and efficiency.
Once the grapes are harvested, our winemakers—some of the best in the business—gather to sort, select, age, taste, blend and decide what goes into every bottle.