2016 JUSTIN ISOCELES
Paso Robles, CA
Appearance: Dark ruby/purple core, lighter in color toward the rim. Moderate plus viscosity with slow forming, slightly stained tears.
Aroma: Highly aromatic with ripe black cherry and cassis fruit, vanilla and cinnamon spice with cedar, graphite, dried autumn leaf and licorice notes over an attractive toasted oak background.
Palate: Dry, full-bodied with ripe, complex black fruit of cherry and blackcurrants layered with baking spice on the entry. The mid palate has continuing ripe fruit with savory dried leaf elements, cedar, anise, camphor and a bit of cocoa surrounded with firm, chewy tannins and sweet spice notes that add complexity as the palate evolves. Sustained fruit, spice and savory elements mix through a very long, complex and fresh finish with lingering tannins.
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot
Fermentation: Stainless steel open and closed top tanks with twice daily pump overs
Maturation: Barrel aged for 21 months in 100% new French oak
2017 JUSTIN, Rose, Central Coast, CA
The 2017 JUSTIN Rosé is a light, dry, beautifully aromatic, delicious and refreshing wine that embodies all the joys of summer in a glass. We started with Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, whole cluster pressed and fermented like white wine, away from their skins and blended with a little Pinot Gris and Viognier to add specific aromatic and textural detail. The result shows bright red fruit and crisp yellow apple combined with savory herbal and floral notes that makes the 2017 JUSTIN Rosé a perfect match for a wide variety of summer fare or just on its own.
This is a wine that is meant to be enjoyed poolside, beach-side, outside and with someone by your side. The 2017 JUSTIN Rosé will transport to a warm summer’s day all year round!
Appearance: Bright, beautiful pale salmon color with coppery highlight
Aroma: Aromatic with attractive Bing cherry and strawberry and a touch of tropical fruit with yellow apple, savory herbal and white floral notes.
Palate: Dry, light and refreshing on the palate with an entry of ripe red fruit, crisp yellow apple with a little white pepper, and chamomile toward the mid-palate. The finish is very clean and refreshing with mineral texture and lingering fresh fruit. A perfect summer quaffing wine, but don’t underestimate it as a great pairing with a cheese and charcuterie picnic, or a wide range of summer treats like salad Niçoise, grilled salmon, or even a burger. In short, this is summer in a glass - all year round!
Alcohol: 13.5% by volume
2017 Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, CA
For Napa Valley Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, the winemaking process started by pickingfruit at optimum physiological maturity; lignified seeds and canes, a slight dimpling of the berries (dehydration) and once in the cellar, we kept wine lots separated by individual vineyard. The wine went from cold soak to extended maceration for up to 60 days in some cases, and we re-evaluated the progress of each lot before moving the wine to classic Bordeauxand Burgundy barrels (70% new oak) where it underwent malolactic fermentation, and was racked every 4 to 6 months until blending 20 months later.
Color: Crimson red with scarlet highlights
Aromas: Enticing aromas of Bing cherry, dark chocolate, lightly toasted oak with a hint of blackberry jam and vanilla.
Palate: Striking flavors of ripe raspberry, blackberry, cocoa, and hints of vanilla linger harmoniously. Full yet elegant on the palate,with vibrant fruit and very approachable tannins. This wine has a long and velvety finish
Food Pairing: Filet Mignon with balsamic reduction, pan-roasted lamb chops with cabernet sauce, sauteed broccolini with garlic, rosemary scalloped potatoes, or a hearty charcuterie platter.
2017 Quilt Chardonnay Napa Valley, CA
For this Chardonnay, the pulled from vineyards from the Oak Knoll and Carneros Districts where the climate is distinctly cooler and foggier than the northern environs of Napa Valley. This soil, combined with the chilling winds of the marine influence, yields a Chardonnay grape with impressive structure and a flinty minerality.
Fermentation: French oak barrels (70% new) for 15 months.
Color: Pale yellow with golden highlights.
Aromatics: Crisp yellow pear, fuji apple, meyer lemon, honey, and a hint of caramel.
Palate: Meyer lemon zest, nectarine, ripe pear, yellow apple, and kiwi with intertwined notes of cantaloupe and pineapple.
Structure: Bright, medium bodied, and rich with smooth and generous layers. Complex, mouthwatering acidity with a lively finish.
Food Pairing: Cast iron skillet chicken with garlic butter fingerling potatoes, caprese salad, or garlic shrimp tossed in white wine sauce topped on a bed of angel hair pasta.