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Thursday, March 04, 2010

2006 Justin Isosceles Paso Robles

I decided to dig into my wine closet for a bottle from Paso Robles, and even though I was planning on saving this bottle, I'm going to drink it and review it. It's been over six months since I last reviewed any wine from Paso and I think this wine will be a positive awakening!

This vintage of Justin Isosceles is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Merlot. It's 100% hand picked fruit and was aged in French oak barrels (65% new) for a total of 24 months.

I generally consider Isosceles to be the most age-worthy and most "exalting" wine that this winery offers. The Justification is a wonderful wine as well, but it's tends to be a touch softer and perhaps a bit more round and unfurled.

On the nose I get aromas of blackberry jam, black plum, mocha, graphite, and hints of leather, smoke, and vanilla. It's has a very youthful purple color and all the pizazz and exotic aromas that you would expect from a beautifully ripe and lush Paso Robles red wine.

On the palate I get intense and mouth coating flavors of blackberry, cassis, plum, coffee bean/mocha, cherry liquor, and subtle hints of vanilla and cedar box. It has intensity, weight, power, and striking fruit to oak balance. I can see this wine being amazing in ten years! Makes me want to search for an older bottling and see how this wine evolves over time..... 93 points

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Scott said...

I had a chance to tour Justin's wine cave and do a two vintage tasting of Isosceles a couple of years ago. I wholeheartedly agree with your admiration and high score, it was a delicious wine. Nice blog, I have been enjoying it.

Thomas said...

Scott you rock man! Thanks for the savvy comment

Roxy's Best Of... said...

I LOVE Justin Isosceles, just love it... had the good fortune of attending a Justin wine dinner at Pierre's in Bernardsville NJ a couple of years back... all the Justin wines were nice, but Isosceles was the standout.

Roxy

 
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