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Justin Focus Syrah 2013

Today In Wine: Justin Focus Syrah 2013 ($100)

“Zeroes in on a tight band of cedar-laced currant, dried berry, scorched earth and mineral flavors, holding focus and ending with a trim mix of berry and mineral details.” – Wine Spectator


Wine Ratings & Awards

Grape Certified Gold Medal

Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points

Wine Spectator – 88 Points


Wine Review

Every so often you come across or hear about a wine that’s so good you’ve gotta try it. Then you realize it’s just a little, or maybe a lot, outside of your (normal) price range. Well, the 2013 Justin Focus Syrah might just be that wine. At $100 per bottle, it’s well outside the wine price range ($15 – $25) we typically recommend but this red wine is just too good to pass up. And if you’re not familiar with the Central California wine region, including and especially Paso Robles, you’re really missing out on some of the best wines California’s wine country has to offer.

Justin Vineyards & Winery was established in 1981 with a mission of crafting wines that could stand with some of the best wines in the world. It’s situated on land, in Paso Robles, that is rich in fossilized limestone. Justin’s soil proves it’s well suited for creating big, Bordeaux-styled reds. Combine this with distinctive microclimate and you have the perfect conditions that help grapes develop and ultimately showcase wines that offer intense flavor, good structure and fine balance. Justin’s combination of Old World winemaking methods with New World technology, proves you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

The widely adored and well praised, Justin Focus Syrah, stirs anticipation with its lush, deep purple and ruby red color. On the nose, ripe black fruit, and pepper play off traces of meat and leather. On the palate, blackberry, boysenberry fruit flavors lead, followed by undertones of smoky bacon and cracked pepper accents with faint traces of mint.  Wine Enthusiast’s, Matt Kettman, describes this wine as follows, “There is a pleasantly dainty nose on this decidedly undainty wine, with light, toasted coconut and cherry cola aromas. The palate discloses root beer, cooked raspberry and slight vanilla, with flavors walking an expert tightrope between the grape’s brooding character and an acidic freshness. It’s ideal for pairing with a variety of foods, from hearty cuts of beef and sausage to turkey and pork roast.”

Drink the 2013 Justin Focus Syrah now or lay it down for another five to ten years. Enjoy the Justin Syrah with any one of these fine recipes: THEGRAPE’s Chipotle Pork Cheeseburger, a Fennel & Rosemary Beef Tenderloin, a Salmon Pie with Potatoes and Spinach, or a Tomato Tart!


Wine Region: Paso Robles, California

Wine Grapes: Syrah

Style: Full-bodied, Bold, Dry & Complex

Drinks Like: 2011 Booker Vineyard Fracture Syrah ($130), 2011 ORION Rossi Vineyard, Sean Thackrey Syrah ($142)


Food & Wine Pairings: THEGRAPE’s Chipotle Pork Cheeseburger

Asian Style Pork Burgers - THEGRAPE

Also try these delicious recipes:  Fennel & Rosemary Beef TenderloinSalmon Pie with Potatoes & Spinach or a Tomato Tart.

We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine recommendation. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified Gold Medal red wine but were excited for you to try it with our food and wine recommendations! If you enjoyed this post please don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. We’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday wine recommmendations. Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below and at www.thegrape.com. Cheers!

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Justin Focus Syrah 2013
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Grape Certified Gold Medal

The 2013 Justin Focus Syrah is that one bottle of wine you blow out your budget restrictions for! At $100 per bottle, it doesn't fall in the $15 to $25 price range we typically stick to. We think you'll love it. A quality red wine to store for a bit, this baby will definitely need some time to open up. Relish the blend of sweet fruits and smoky grilled meat aromas. Savor racy red berry and cola flavors with lingering traces of herbs and peppercorn. A ‘must have’ with fatty meats or cheesy dishes. This Grape Certified Gold wine is the epitome of excellence.

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