Appearance: Bright, deep ruby/purple core going to medium intensity at the rim.
Aroma: Intense aromas of ripe black cherry and blackcurrant with classic baking spice
elements, sweet tobacco, cocoa, coffee, cedar and subtle mint.
Palate: Full-bodied with concentrated ripe black cherry, cassis and boysenberry
jam on the entry, layered with toasted vanilla, cinnamon, and licorice spice. Classic
cabernet savory notes emerge on the mid-palate with dark chocolate, coffee and minty
accents. The finish is extremely long, balanced and fresh, with continued layering of black
fruit, cherry candy and spice elements all framed perfectly with mouth-filling but very fine
tannins that surround and support the wine’s flavorful core. Drinking well on release, the
2012 ISOSCELES will continue to develop in bottle showing further complexity, grace
and precision as its elements continue to interact. A perfect accompaniment to hearty
Robert Parker: The estate's Cabernet-dominated release, the 2012 Isosceles checks in as 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc, all of which spent 21 months in new French oak. It's a medium to full-bodied, supple, pure and balanced effort that offers lots of toasted spice, cedar, tobacco leaf and cassis-like aromas and flavors. Showing hints of chalky minerality and plenty of tannin on the finish, it will have 10-12+ years of longevity.
The latest release of Justin Winery's most iconic wine: Isosceles 2012. Rated 91 points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
The 2012 blend is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc.
Boasting bright deep ruby and purple colors. A full bodied, concentrated wine with notes of black cherry, cassis and boysenberry.
Mid-palate emerges with notes of dark chocolate and coffee. A supremely long finish with fine tannins. Enjoy now or hold on and watch this outstanding wine develop over the next 10-12 years.
|Wine maker notes
|The highest expression of our winemaking abilities. Our iconic Bordeaux blend was always the dream concept of Justin and Deborah Baldwin, in the model of the great Bordeaux left-bank wines of Pauillac and Margaux. Over 20 years of experience have helped guide us to great vineyards and low yields, and to spare no expense on production equipment and French barrels, to make the finest wine of Paso Robles. Yet every vintage provides new challenges, and new attempts to drive excellence in a cellarable but immediately delicious blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and merlot.
|JUSTIN Vineyards are located in the Central Coast region of California, less than ten miles from the Pacific Ocean with elevations ranging from 1100 to 1800. The property incorporates a total of 160 acres, of which 72 are mostly dry farmed acres planted in full-bodied Bordeaux grape varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and limited of rich Burgundian style Chardonnay. Additionally, Syrah, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Orange Muscat add to the estate vineyard program. The steep hillside vineyards yield little water and thus, most of the acreage is dry farmed and all the grapes must be hand harvested. Soils are a very important ingredient to their wines` success. Painstaking care is exercised in matching the extremely varied soils to the varietals to coax the truest expression of each varietal`s character and complexity. The vineyards are continuously being updated. Currently, some areas are being replanted to expand Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc acreage using resistant rootstock and French clones to enhance the choice of Bordeaux varietals for their ISOSCELES program.
The focus of JUSTIN is to produce their flagship wine ISOSCELES, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The grape varietals for this wine are specifically selected only from their estate vineyards.
It is the goal of JUSTIN to bring only the highest quality wines to the market. They maintain their objective to be on the cutting edge in winemaking practices by allowing the terrior to come through to expose the soils and growing conditions of the vineyard.