Monday, February 1, 2010

Justin Cabernet

Justin Vineyards & Winery
Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles
Paso Robles, California, USA

$19.99 -- Costco, Austin, TX

Color: Dark reddish-purple
Nose: Mushrooms, vanilla, car seat, cherry
Body: Medium
Front: Plum
Middle: Espresso, cherry cola, soft tannins
Back: Licorice, herbes de provence, graphite
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Cork

This wine makes me happy. It's not a mind-bender, but it's not overoaked and it will go well with food. I'm not sure I'd put it up against a grilled steak; the body is a little lighter than some. It is certainly a California wine, in the sense that it's bold and fruity. But it's one of the more structured Cabernets from Paso that I've had, and certainly among those with the most interesting palates at this price from that region.