Dark ruby purple core with a medium rim and slight staining on the glass. Aromatic red and black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, complex barrel spice of vanilla, licorice and cinnamon, and subtle dried leaf, cedar and camphor notes. Full bodied, fresh with red and black fruit and baking spice on entry with savory fall leaves, cedar pencil and leather meeting sustained sweet spice on the midpalate. The finish is long and complex with wild cherry, camphor and savory elements wrapped in firm, balanced tannins. This is an elegant, wonderfully balanced wine that mixes complex fruit and savory elements with generous texture, all while staying fresh on the palate. The 2015 Justfication is a versatile food pairing wine with an affinity for game fowl like pan seared duck breast or roasted pheasant, but is equally at home with a prime filet mignon served with a dollop of garlic and herb butter.
Wine EnthusiastSoft red-cherry aromas meet with dark spice on the nose of this 52% Cabernet Franc and 48% Merlot blend. Framed by firm, sticky tannins, the medium-bodied palate shows flavors of red currant, cedar and oak.
Wine SpectatorGarnet in color and mature in appearance, this offers baked berry notes and flavors that are complex and supple-textured. Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2027. 11,000 cases made.