Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Justin 2007 Cabnernet Sauvignon

It's Tuesday so it must be Temple night. To commemorate tonight's gathering I selected a bottle of Justin 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. Justin is a lovely winery in the Paso Robles area and dodging Napa for this Central Coastal area of California was a good choice. From the moment Nick opened the bottle both Sarah and I noticed a fantastic plum aroma. A closer examination brought out hints of cherry and vanilla along with the plum for a fantastic promise of a fruit-forward fun Cab. As the wine opened up a little more I got hints of cocoa and a touch of earthiness that was quite lovely in the mix. On the tongue we were treated to lovely black fruits along with a touch of sweet oakiness, good acidity and smooth tannins combining to create a medium-long finish resulting in a young but very approachable wine. If you think young Cabs are either too harsh or too simple to enjoy I suggest you plop down the $20 or so to get a bottle and try it out.

Number of wines reviewed in 2010: 15


Teena said...

Justin 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is really a great wine. Aside from Napa that offer great wines, Sonoma wine country has great wines to offer too.

Mike Pape said...
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Mike Pape said...

Had to delete the last comment, didn't like what I wrote ;-)

I agree with you Teena, Sonoma offers some lovely wines. Speaking in sweeping generalities I tend to get my Cabs from Napa and my Pinot from Sonoma (I have a Bordeaux/Burgundy type of association going on). I do have to say though, for sheer fun in wine tasting I tend to like the wineries in Paso Robles and Santa Ynez, and have found a few gems down this way in the Temecula AVA.