2010 Justin Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.justinwine.com

Justin Vineyards is one of the larger producers in the Paso Robles region of California and has created a very loyal following for its wines both locally and abroad. This Cab represents a good case for how this region can produce world-class Cabernet Sauvignon.

Technical Data: 

  • Appellation: Paso Robles
  • Barrel Aging: 18 months – 28% New American
  • Fermentation: Stainless steel open-top and closed-top tanks, 15 days with UV40 yeast
  • Pump-overs: Twice daily
  • Maceration: 17 days including fermentation
  • pH: 3.69
  • Alcohol:13.9%
  • Total Acidity: 0.62 g/100ml
  • Average Brix at Harvest: 24.8° Brix
  • Bottling Period: 4/9 -5/10/2012
  • Release Date: 6/1/2012
  • Price: $25

Nose: Beautiful notes of black raspberry, cinnamon, cola, peppercorn, cherry, Italian leather, tobacco, cocoa powder and spice.

Taste: A symphony of flavors, acids and tannins going on here. I get all the mentioned notes in the “nose”,  translating into the flavors but its near-perfectly complimented by the acid and tannin. In fact, the harmony is liken to that of the Eagles singing “Seven Brides Road”  – sublime. Easily one of the best cabs I’ve had in a long time, regardless of cost.