Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Wine of the Week: Justin 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Welcome to Wine of the Week!
Today, I'm bringing you one of my favorite low-priced California cabs. I know, low price and cabernet rarely go hand in hand. And if you happen to risk buying one, it's an oaky, syrupy mess that promises a headache or worse the next day. Good quality cabernet typically costs an arm and a leg (and maybe the Adorable Monster, too), which is why the majority of Kuzak's cellar is composed of Syrah, Rhone-blends and Pinot Noir (more bang for the proverbial buck).
However, sometimes there's an itch than only cabernet can scratch, and if you're on a budget, than look no further than Justin Vineyards excellent Cabernet Sauvignon! Kuzak and I discovered this gem of a Paso Robles winery years ago at Wally's, a fantastic wine store in Los Angeles, and we've been drinking it on and off ever since. We recently picked up two bottles in Florida and served them with a dinner I cooked of meaty pasta and "Bruleed" Delicata Squash.
What's great about Justin's 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is that while, yes, it has some oakiness (a mix of French and American oak sweetness to be exact), it's restrained and in balance with the fruit and the tannins. This is a concentrated wine, deep in color, with a long finish that can stand up to any protein you hurl its way.
And the price is right! This wine costs only around $20/bottle. For Cabernet. Sauvignon. From California. That won't kill your palate. Need I say more?
As mentioned, the Justin is a good-quality, reasonably priced cabernet sauvignon, a rarity these days. We scooped up two bottles at a large wine store in Florida for around $20/bottle. Justin sells the 2007 Cabernet on their website for $26.25/bottle ($21/bottle if you join their wine club). However, a quick Google search yielded merchants who were selling it for prices as low as $18.99/bottle (Wine Access).
CLICK HERE TO BUY FROM WINE ACCESS FOR $18.99!
CLICK HERE TO BUY DIRECT FROM JUSTIN & FIND OUT ABOUT THEIR WINE CLUB!
11680 Chimney Rock Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Not only do they make great wine, but they also boast a 5 star hotel on their 160 acres in Paso Robles (midway between LA and SF). Visit their website to read all about it!
CLICK HERE FOR JUSTIN VINEYARDS' WEBSITE!