I did not experience bricking with this bottle that others have described. It has a musty nose and at first I was concerned it went bad. But I was pleasantly surprised with dark berry fruit and chocolate on the palate. The tannins have mellowed and it has a long finish on mid palate. Justin never disappoints.
Opaque purple, v little bricking; light in the glass, but clinging to the edges with long legs. On the nose: tarry oak, black cherry/raspberry fruit, vanilla, a more subtle bell pepper component. On the palate: initial hit of big red fruit (raspberry, blackberry), with plenty of vanilla/oak flavors before mid-palate acidity emerges, then some coffee and cigar box notes that linger for a medium long finish, over which the dark fruit reasserts itself at the back of the throat. Label says 14.5% alcohol, though from the extraction I would have guessed more. Tannins semi-decently integrated, but I daresay this could have gone a few more years in the cellar while they continued to soften up. No doubt about it, this is an archetypal big CA cabernet, doing exactly what those wines are supposed to do. I don't go for this style every day, but sometimes you want a 800 lb gorilla to go with the rib-eye steaks you're throwing on the grill; on those nights, you could do a lot worse than this bottle.
I didn't decant this long enough. Waited about 30 minutes before consuming and opened with slight tannins and hint of black cherry and chocolate. Fortunately, saved one glassful and drank after just ove an hour wait time. Color was still nice, dark fruit flavors were more pronounced and finished with spice, mocha and oak. Drink up by 2014.
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(JUSTIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON) #1; COLOR-dark; NOSE-really enjoying the subtle Bacon Fat component coming through underneath a very ripe black raspberry; beautiful integration of Vanilla extract; pretty floral action as well; TASTE-great mouthfeel; beautiful on the attack; really enjoying the mid-palate because transitions beautifully to a dark sour cherry component w/ some shaved white chocolate on the finish; really nice; well-made; good firm tannins; a little fruit bombish, but it's a controlled chaos; great w/ steaks; good drinking wine as well; GV-90