Justin Cabernet California Justin 2008
Ruby-red core to a cherry-red rim, this young Cabernet displays generous fruit in the nose. Some sweet black and red fruits, like blackberry, raspberry and fig, mingle with caramel and vanilla from the American oak. The entry is soft, mouth coating and filled with delicious red berry and sweet black plum. The wine itself is dry and palate filling, with a soft but well-structured, velvet finish. Tannins are modest but present in this youthful but approachable Cabernet Sauvignon.
This was the first of the Justin Vineyards wines I have reviewed. I was averagely pleased with this wine but looking forward to the more prestigious selections from this label.
Everything I love in a Cali Cab. Tart bright cherries with a complex finish. Really great stuff.
Bright jammy nose of warm red berries. Super rich palate of red berry fruit. Very rich, juicy and mouth-coating wine. Decadent but not overly powerful or out of balance. Very nice!
I'm buying again!
Have had this a few times now and it never lets me down. Smooth all the way through...a delicious and well balanced wine!
External Reviews for Justin Cabernet California Justin
The wine has balanced acidity and tannins, is moderate in alcohol and exhibits fresh raspberry, strawberry and black currant aromas.
Black currant, vanilla, toasted oak and a touch of earthy aromas are present in the nose and on the palate of this approachable, balanced, medium-bodied wine.
Supple and complex, well-focused and balanced, with a pretty core of black cherry, ripe plum and currant tones, showing off ample oak and ripe tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2007.
More elegant than powerful, this Cab is medium-bodied and dry, with a silky texture. It has pleasant cherry, red currant, cola, violet, pepper and spice flavors, and is quite food-friendly for a Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now.
Dark, rich and plush, with thick, earthy currant, plum, mocha and blackberry flavors that are sharply focused, long and complex, with a wall of ripe tannins on the finish. Best from 2003 through 2010.
We have long enjoyed the velvety, succulent Cabernets from Justin, and last year we had the opportunity to put together our own blend. This special cuvée was selected by our staff after visiting the winery in August, and we know you will be delighted with it. Dense and dark, but so soft and seamless it's like crushed black cherry velvet. Enjoy it with a nice fillet or sirloin of beef.
Restrained, crouching monster. An almost opaque ruby red; unfiltered, hand harvested with a whopping 15% alcohol that you would never know is there (unless you finish the bottle), this Cabernet needs breathing time. After a few minutes in the glass, ripe black cherry, black currant and tobacco aromas begin to unfurl. The body is densely packed with dark berry fruits and dusty tannins. Amazingly balanced, the wine never comes across as hot. The finish is long and chewy - an endurance champion. Rumor has it that this single barrel bottling, especially set aside for the Premier Group, is the same Cab destined for Justin's Reserve label.