Top 10 wines in the US press

Justin Justification 2010, Paso Robles

1118702xDennis Sodomka, writing  in the Augusta Chronicle, picked this “deep ruby” Bordeaux blend which he described as having “complex aromas” of cherry and strawberry.

He said: “Justin Justification 2010 is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, modelled after a classic Bordeaux right bank blend.

“It is an elegant, lush wine, full of bright fruit, ready to drink upon release. Bordeaux wines traditionally are more restrained and need ageing before you can drink them. But now, because of success with those blends in the United States, South America and Australia, you can find all kinds of Bordeaux wines ready to drink as soon as you buy them. And new, non-traditional blends are emerging. It is a case of New World tastes changing Old World traditions.

“Justification is a great introduction to the classic Cabernet Franc grape, which typically is lighter and with more immediate fruit than Cabernet Sauvignon. It is traditionally a blending grape, playing second fiddle to Merlot in the right bank blends.”

Price: $47-$50

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