Justin Justification embodies the essence of certain Right-Bank Bordeaux producers by skillfully blending Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This wine presents a Paso Robles twist, showcasing a full, mature fruit expression along with its complex notes of herbs, red fruit, and an elegant structure. A versatile companion for a variety of dishes, the 2020 JUSTIFICATION is an excellent choice for a romantic fireside dinner or a summertime barbecue.
Displaying a bright, deep ruby core transitioning to a ruby garnet at the rim, the wine leaves light staining on slow-forming, persistent tears. Its aromatic profile is highly expressive, featuring black cherry, pomegranate, and red plum fruit, complemented by hints of vanilla, new leather, pencil shavings, and oak. The moderate-plus bodied palate unfolds with ripe blackberry, baked strawberry, and juicy plum upon entry, evolving into a savory midpalate. Fine tannins add structure, accompanied by notes of leather, dried oregano, wild sage, and white rose petal, culminating in a finish that is long and intricate. Sweet tobacco, vanilla bean, oak, licorice, and a lingering camphor note contribute to the wine’s depth.
Despite being full-bodied, the 2020 JUSTIFICATION maintains liveliness and complexity on the palate. It proves to be a versatile food-pairing wine, complementing a range of dishes such as herb-crusted pork loin with roasted root vegetables, pan-seared duck breast, or a classic gourmet burger.