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2017 Justin Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles

2017 Justin Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles

We just reviewed the Daou Cabernet, also from Paso Robles and loved it, awarding the wine 90 points, and a spot on our Top Picks list. Costco brought that one in around the same price point as this Justin bottle, so we have two very solid offerings from Paso worth exploring in stores right now.

Sometimes I forget what a fantastic bottle of wine this Justin really is for only $20 at Costco. And if you step it up to their higher end bottlings, like the ISOSCELES, which is a Bordeaux blend for around $65, the wines get really really good.

Justin Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles

We reviewed the 2016 Justin two years ago and awarded it 88 points. But as I got into this 2017 vintage, I realized right away that I would be moving that score up a tad, especially considering the reasonable price point for such quality juice.

The wine pours a deep ruby in the glass, with black fruit and spice on the nose; in the mouth flavors of blackberry, black cherry, anise with some mocha into the finish; really nice lingering spice in the finish.

I love the versatility of a bottle like this, and it makes me want to just drop a bottle (one at least) of this in my cart every trip to Costco just to have on hand.

Justin Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles
The winery is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year

Sure, it’s not an inexpensive wine, but it’s perfect in every occasion; great with all kinds of food, classy enough to take to a dinner party to please a crowd; a nice gift for a wine loving friend. And when you just don’t know what else to open, it’s always a solid pick. It’s similar to how I feel about Rhone wines. I can enjoy those almost anytime, with anything, anybody…

Like we mentioned in the Daou review, there are amazing wines in Napa and Sonoma and they come with a hefty price tag. If you venture a little outside the norm and explore Paso, you’ll find some great new wines, and recognize that your money goes a long way. Rating: 90 points (a Costco Wine Top Pick)

Costco item number: 197907

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)

Alc. 14.5%

Another CA guy

Friday 3rd of July 2020

Call it whatever you want. Nobody from California calls it Cali either, but plenty of people out of state do.

CA Guy

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Ok I finally have to chime in and let you know that nobody in California refers to Paso Robles, derived from El Paso de Robles (The Pass of the Oaks), as Paso. Perhaps it's just me, calling it Paso is cringeworthy.


Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Thanks for sharing. I’ll try to use the full name in the future.


Wednesday 6th of May 2020

I'm surprised you would consider the price point when scoring a wine. Doesn't that defeat the purpose?

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