Justin Justification 2005
Aromas of blueberry, licorice and light earthy characters make up the nose of this 2004 wine. The entry is soft and lush, rich with black fruit and spice. A fleshy mid palate follows, and characterizes the ripe, powerful vintage. Slightly chalky, yet round tannins from the Cabernet Franc combine with bright acidity from the Merlot, to make this wine balanced and seamless from start to finish. Hints of caramel and cinnamon from the new French oak are the encore of this unique blend.
About the Region
An immense expanse of wine-growing real estate, covering portions of six counties between Santa Barbara and the San Francisco Bay Area and including more than 100,000 acres of vineyards, the Central Coast region includes the Santa Maria Valley, the Santa Ynez Valley and Monterey viticultural areas, and more than 20 other appellations. Chardonnay is the main grape planted, but there are scores of others, from albariño to zinfandel, with such rarities as counoise, mondeuse, and vermentino in between.