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2017 JUSTIFICATION

With JUSTIFICATION, the Old World meets the New with a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot

$78


Retail

$6240


Wine Society

About the Wine

This wine expresses the spirit of a few Right-Bank French Bordeaux producers by blending Merlot and Cabernet Franc. A versatile pairing wine to a wide range of foods, the 2017 JUSTIFICATION is perfect for a romantic dinner in front of a crackling fire or a summer’s evening barbecue.

Tasting Notes

Varietal Composition

  • % Cabernet Franc
  • % Merlot

Body

LightMediumFull

Appearance

Deep ruby/purple with black hue at the core and moderately stained tears on the glass.

Aroma

Very aromatic with ripe black and red cherry and blackcurrant fruit, vanilla and cinnamon spice with cedar, autumn leaves, oak, graphite, red licorice, and cocoa.

Palate

Full-bodied with ripe red and black fruit and baking spice on entry, with oak and dusty tobacco notes joining on the midpalate, and balanced acidity keeping things elegant and fresh. The finish is long and complex with mouth-filling, fine tannins, lingering cherry fruit, barrel spice, and oak with subtle floral notes.

Key Features

Appellation

Paso Robles

Fermentation

Stainless steel open- and closed-top tanks with UV43 yeast and twice-daily pump-overs

Maturation

Barrel-aged for 20 months in 100% French oak

Alcohol

15.0%

SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS

Gourmet Burger

Full-bodied but lively and complex on the palate, the 2017 JUSTIFICATION is a versatile food-pairing wine to a wide range of dishes from herb-crusted pork loin roasted with root vegetables, a pan-seared duck breast, or a classic gourmet burger.

A juicy burger with cheese melting down the sides and a pile of fries next to it.

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