Justin Dutraive

Justin Dutraive

La Madone Fleurie Gamay 2019

Crunchy red fruits. Excellent match with Israeli/Mediterranean food. — 9 days ago

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Justin Vineyards & Winery

Central Coast Rosé Blend 2019

Light salmon pink with a tinge of gold. Strawberry nose, strawberry and maybe cherry in mouth, dry, quite crisp with orchard and citrus fruit notes in finish: mostly pear, orange, maybe apple, peach. Decent — a month ago

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Justin Vineyards & Winery

Justification Paso Robles Cabernet Franc-Merlot 2013

Nice balanced , a little heavier than I normally go for but good body and taste — a month ago

Justin Vineyards & Winery

Isosceles Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013

The new California wines are chewy. The Isosceles bland is a true mouthful, even on the nose it is a cherry preserve. Very enjoyable red berry with cocoa on the palate, it both typical and unusual for Paso Robles. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot blend that is nothing like Bordeaux. It is a pure California powerhouse. Very seductive. — 4 days ago

Famiglia Pasqua

Amarone della Valpolicella Corvina Blend

Great go to wine to make a memorable evening! Celebration of dads birthday with Dad & Mum, Clark & Josie, Shawna & Justin, Rey & myself — 16 days ago


Keeper Estate Paso Robles Red Blend 2018

Total Rhône Ranger: 56% Syrah, 16% Mourvèdre, 13% Petite Syrah, 11% Grenache, with 2%, each, smoothing things all together, of Viognier(!) and … Alicante Bouschet. I bet the Alicante was added for color more than for flavor, though also to smooth the tiny ping of pepper notes I assume follow the teensy bit of Viognier. All in all a delightful crowd pleaser. Inoffensive to sensitive palates and yet bold+complexly layered just enough to please those who want some drama in the bowl (present 🤚 ).

Pairs well with… just about everything: mild chicken to game and lamb… also all cheeses from mildest to most piquant — it’s that kind of utility player wine!
For this reason, I give it the full 9.0 instead of the 8.9 I’d planned on mid-dinner last night. I had been straddling that fence between best of a strong platoon player who’d see 80 games a season, some starting and some pinch hitting/fielding, vs an everyday starter who could cover the infield as passably as the outfield and bat just about anywhere in the lineup, 1-8, save the super power 3 and 4 spots — though a few sips hit the spot sweet just right to serve as barely clearing the fence home runs during a brief period that this wine lingered at just-right aeration time.

Darker red pour with flecks of bear black and hues of orange highlight… Bing cherry skin color center to lighter Rainer cherry reds near glass sides. No tears to speak of from alcohol and this wine does not feel as if it’s high in alcohol at all, but the label reads 15.2%. I wonder if someone transposed those last two numbers which straddle the decimal.

Zero cherry flavors — just those colors. The mix of velvety raspberry, very mild dried laurel leaves, under-roasted coffee, and mild chocolate all muddle together more than layer over one another, as I prefer, but they do so in a way that forms a comfy soft blanket of flavors and those tiny peeps of black pepper do make that blanket more interesting. Medium finish says good-bye with a soft wave to the smell of cardboard-surrounding a delicious dark chocolate bar…if that smell could be distilled into a thick liquid that coats the top of the throat before evaporating away slowly.

This 2018 seems to be nearing peak of flavors and has the potential to drink pretty well until 2023; probably not much pizazz will be left to extend its contract after that. I’d be glad to drink this again anytime. A good wine for Justin S. and/or David M.
— a month ago

Domaine De La Grand'Cour (Jean-Louis Dutraive)

Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Le Clos Fleurie Gamay 2018

Delicious. Great wine. Cherry, smoke, lightness. Very nice. — 12 days ago

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Domaine De La Grand'Cour (Jean-Louis Dutraive)

Clos de la Grand'Cour Fleurie Gamay 2019


Fruit forward and zippy cherry. Little bit of a zing to it. — 7 days ago

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Famille Dutraive

Lieu dit en Papolet Chénas Gamay

apples and cranberry deepening gorgeously into sour cherry and red plum — a month ago

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Domaine De La Grand'Cour (Jean-Louis Dutraive)

Vieilles Vignes Brouilly Gamay 2018

Fresh, juicy and floral. Needs some air. Fun. — 2 months ago

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