Justin Vineyards 2010 Focus is not what most people expect from Justin Vineyards. While most associate them with good to great Bordeaux wines this Rhone will make you Focus.
Okay pun aside, this is an amazing wine. With only a few hundred cases this is a very limited release for Justin Vineyards.
In 1981 Justin Baldwin purchased 160 acres in Paso Robles, with the aim of crafting wines that belong in the company of the finest in the world. Rich in limestone, the soil of Paso Robles produces grapes with intense flavor and great structure, making it what Justin Baldwin believed to be a perfect location for his quest to produce the finest Bordeaux-style reds, he planted three of the five classic Bordeaux grape varietals: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc. Back then there were only about ten wineries in the Paso Robles appellation.
The first estate grapes were harvested in 1987 and were made into a blend of the three varieties and was called the Justin Reserve. This was what would soon become the franchise icon ISOSCELES.
But now there is a new kid on the block. FOCUS. This Rhone blend uses the same general winemaking philosophy as its Bordeaux brother. This is a sultry seductress of a wine that just like a beautiful curvaceous Hollywood movie star from the golden years once experienced one will never be able to forget.
Blended mostly from Syrah, with 5% Mourvèdre and 3% Grenache, it's rich, ripe, round and velvety smooth. The wine has a warm climate ripeness with blueberry and blackberry in the chocolate-covered raisin flavor, which gives it a wonderful warm mouth feel and long soft tannin finish.
A voluptuous wine Justin Vineyards that we rate an 8 and ** on our scale.
Happy Tasting Adventures,