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2012 Justin - Justification

  • 90 WA
  • 86 WS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 70310-2012-750-2B
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    A blend of 58% Cabernet Franc and 42% Merlot, the 2012 Justification was aged 19 months in 47% new French oak. It's an impressive, full-bodied, nicely structured Bordeaux blend that gives up plenty of cassis, lead pencil, black raspberry and toasted spice on the nose. Already approachable, it nevertheless has the tannic structure to evolve nicely for a decade.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 86

    Intense oak is at the forefront of this effort, imparting a cedary dill and graphite presence and a raw, edgy texture. The dark berry, licorice and gravelly earth flavors stand up to the tannins, but this comes up short on finesse and refinement. Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2026. 3,500 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2016-2016
    Author: Aylward Justin
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Author: tk01
Justin Winery is a family owned and operated winery making estate grown and produced wines. The property was founded in 1981 by Justin and Deborah Baldwin when they planted their 160 acres to the major Bordeaux varieties and created their Estate vineyard.

Their desire is to make world class wines that reflect the unique soils and climate of their Paso Robles property. Emphasis is placed on making Bordeaux-style blends and single varieties, combining Old World tradition with New World techniques.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 40 bottles owned
  • 20 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 88
    (Out of 20 collectors)