Best of the Best 2012: Domestic Red Wines: Justin 2009 Focus Paso Robles
One of the first wines of note to emerge from the now-bustling Paso Robles region on California’s Central Coast was a wine called Isosceles, a Pauillac-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc from Justin Vineyards, founded by Justin Baldwin in 1981. Since that time, the region and this particular winery have gained renown for producing Bordeaux-style wines. One of the most spectacular releases to come from the area in recent years is the Justin 2009 Focus Paso Robles (www.justinwine.com, $95), a blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon that surpasses in quality even the evocative 2008 vintage. Brimming with blueberry, sage, cinnamon, and roasted-coffee flavors, this stunning mélange is available only to an allocation list.