Wine Wednesday: Justin Vineyards Justification Red Blend 2012 ($46)

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This Week In Red Wine: Justin Vineyards Justification Bordeaux Red Blend 2012 ($46)

The greenness of Cabernet Franc leads this Right Bank-style wine on the nose and palate, with cooked bell pepper and pico de gallo salsa prevalent. The mouthfeel is even and not too heavy. Although it’s very Old World in design, it would pair perfectly with Mexican dishes.” – Wine Enthusiast


Wine Ratings & Awards:

THEGRAPE Certified – Gold Medal – 2014

Wine Enthusiast – 89 Points – 2014

Critics Challenge Wine Competition – Critics Gold Medal – 2014

Los Angeles Wine & Spirits Competition – Gold Medal – 2014

Best Red Wines of the Year – 2014, 2015

Best Wines Under $50 – 2014, 2015


Wine Review

Justin Vineyards and Winery was established in 1981. Its mission, crafting wines that will rank amongst the best wines in the world. Its location is rich in limestone and the vineyard’s soil proves it is well suited for creating big, Bordeaux-styled reds. Combine this with the distinctive microclimate and you have ideal conditions, allowing the grapes to develop and showcase wines that offer intense flavor, good structure and fine balance.

Combining traditional Old World winemaking practices with New World technologies, Justin wines prove you can enjoy the best of both worlds.  The highly awarded, Justin Vineyards Justification red blend pays homage to the right bank of Bordeaux producers of Cabernet Franc-dominate wines, with a slight Paso twist. With a beautiful dark purple ruby hue, the wine exhibits dark cherry, black currant and ripe strawberry fruit aromas and flavors with a hint of cola, coffee, dark licorice and vanilla spice accents. This full-bodied red wine blend also offers echoes of sweet tobacco, mineral and herbal notes on the mid-palate. And the finish is long and complex with flavors that settle on the tongue and linger for  awhile.

Drink this delicious red blend now, or save for another year or two. We recommend decanting for 45 – 60 minutes before enjoying. Meanwhile, check out the following food pairing suggestions. Go for gold with THEGRAPE’s mouthwatering bacon wrapped filet mignon or a delicious tea smoked duck breast or enjoy a braised Moroccan chicken dish. If you prefer meatless dishes, try caramelized onions, roasted eggplant and tomato penne pasta.


Wine Region: Paso Robles, (Central Coast), California

Wine Grapes: 59% Cabernet Franc, 41% Merlot

Style: Full-bodied, Rich & Balanced

Drinks Like: Daou Vineyards Seventeen Forty Reserve 2012 ($65), Lewis Merlot Napa Valley 2012 ($75)


Food & Wine Pairings: Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon – Click To View Recipe(s)

Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon Steaks and Wine - Food & Wine Pairings - Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Vegetables - THEGRAPE

Also try these delicious recipes: Tea-Smoked Duck BreastBraised Moroccan Chicken & Caramelized Onions, Roasted Eggplant & Tomato Penne Pasta

We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine review. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified Gold wine recommendation but we’re excited for you to try the food and wine recipe & red blend wine pairing! If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday and Food & Wine Friday. Cheers!

Red Bordeaux Gold
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Grape Certified Gold

Talk about a wine with character! The 2012 Justin Vineyards ‘Justification’ red blend is one red wine THEGRAPE highly recommends pairing with various foods, the culmination of flavors from the foods listed tend to bring out the best in this deliciously handcrafted red wine. Sip and savor deep dark fruity flavors, while notes of espresso, tobacco, currant, and herbs fall wave over your tongue layer by layer. This Grape Certified Gold wine is worth every penny, or dollar.

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