Saturday, February 24, 2024

Evaluation: Wines of Justin, 2023 Releases

Three new releases from Paso Robles-based Justin — at the very least two of that are summer-friendly.

2022 Justin Rose Central Coast – Created from largely syrah. Contemporary with strawberry notes and doughy, candy cream, that is as agreeable a summer season rose as you’re more likely to discover anyplace, although there’s not an entire lot of complexity to be discovered within the proceedings up entrance, which are typically overwhelmingly fruit-driven. The wine luckily develops in glass, with a mixture of saline, lemon curd, and vanilla giving the end a extra balanced composition. As strong a porch pounder as any rose you’ll discover in the marketplace. A- / $20

2022 Justin Sauvignon Blanc Central Coast – A surprisingly restrained sauvignon blanc, notes of coconut and sesame dominant, providing a barely doughy high quality that vaguely hints at dried pineapple and a contact of lychee. A slight salinity and a touch of lemon give the wine some buy on the tip of tongue, bit it’s all delicate, quiet, held again. That makes for a decidedly easy-drinking summer season wine, however with sauvignon blanc, I’m all the time hoping for a bolder, extra bracing assault. B+ / $18

2020 Justin Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles – One in all Justin’s most generally accessible purple wines, this non-triangle-named cabernet options basic California hallmarks of blackcurrant, black raspberry, and highly effective notes of vanilla and chocolate — right here extra milk than darkish. The tannins have pale away on this bottling already, making for a juicy and fruit-forward expertise, hints of rhubarb and spice lingering on the end. No surprises right here, although the general presentation feels on the candy aspect. Pair it with one thing good and savory. B+ / $30

2020 Justin Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles


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