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The Old World meets the New with a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot




Wine Society

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

About the Wine

This wine expresses the spirit of a few Right-Bank Bordeaux producers 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 2021 JUSTIFICATION is the perfect addition to a romantic dinner in front of a crackling fire, or an evening summertime barbecue.

Tasting Notes

Varietal Composition

  • % Cabernet Franc
  • % Merlot




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


Aromatic with rich ripe black fruit along with notes of vanilla, mocha, saddle leather, and warm toasted oak hints.


Moderate-plus bodied with ripe blackberry and black plum on the entry, evolving into the deeply savory midpalate with smooth, fine tannins and notes of fresh bay leaves, cedar, espresso, and subtle hints of fruitcake. The long and lingering finish features minerality, sweet tobacco, plum preserves, and barrel spice while remaining savory and fresh.

Key Features

  • Appellation

    Paso Robles

  • Fermentation

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

  • Maturation

    Barrel aged for 17 months in 100% French oak (60% new)

  • Alcohol



Gourmet Burger

Full-bodied but lively and complex on the palate, the 2021 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.

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