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An elegant Right Bank-style blend




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About the Wine

With JUSTIFICATION, the Old World meets the New with a blend of cabernet franc and merlot. This wine, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, expresses the spirit of a few Right-Bank Bordeaux producers, highlighting cabernet franc with its complex expression of herbs, red fruit, and elegant structure, but with a Paso Robles twist of full, mature fruit. A versatile pairing wine to a wide range of foods, the 2020 JUSTIFICATION is the perfect addition to a romantic dinner in front of a crackling fire, or an evening summertime barbeque.

Tasting Notes

Varietal Composition

  • % Cabernet Franc
  • % Merlot




Bright, with a deep ruby core lightening to a ruby garnet at the rim, with light staining on slow-forming, persistent tears.


Highly aromatic with black cherry, pomegranate, and red plum fruit along with notes of vanilla, new leather, pencil shavings, and oak.


Moderate-plus bodied with ripe blackberry, baked strawberry, and juicy plum on entry, evolving into the savory midpalate with moderate, fine tannins and notes of leather, dried oregano, wild sage, and white rose petal with dusty terra-cotta. The finish is long and intricate with sweet tobacco, vanilla bean, oak, licorice, and a lingering note of camphor. The 2020 JUSTIFICATION is a complex wine with supple tannins making it a great counterpart for leaner cuts of beef, like seared filet mignon with béarnaise sauce, or traditional Brazilian picanha cooked on a charcoal spit.

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 18 months in 100% French oak (51% new)

  • Alcohol



Gourmet Burger

Full-bodied but lively and complex on the palate, the 2020 JUSTIFICATION is a versatile food pairing wine to a wide range of dishes, including an herb-crusted pork loin roasted with root vegetables, a pan-seared duck breast, or a classic gourmet burger.

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