Justin Isosceles 2016, Paso Robles, California

2017 vintage – 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc & 7% Merlot. Fermentation: Stainless steel open and closed top tanks with twice daily pumpovers. Maturation: Barrel aged for 21 months in 100% new French oak. For more than 25 vintages, IIsosceles has been our flagship wine and quality benchmark for this style of wine on the Central Coast of California. A blend based on Cabernet Sauvignon supported by Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the 2016 Isosceles shows why Paso Robles is such a great place to grow these varieties. Full-bodied, with ripe black fruit, complex barrel spice and amazingly balanced structural elements right out of the gate, you can try a bottle or two upon release, but make sure to save a few to enjoy this wine as it continues to evolve after some time in the cellar. Appearnace: Dark ruby/purple core, lighter in color toward the rim. Moderate plus viscosity with slow forming, slightly stained tears. Aroma: Highly aromatic with ripe black cherry and cassis fruit, vanilla and cinnamon spice with cedar, graphite, dried autumn leaf and licorice notes over an attractive toasted oak background. Palate: Dry, full-bodied with ripe, complex black fruit of cherry and blackcurrants layered with baking spice on the entry. The mid palate has continuing ripe fruit with savory dried leaf elements, cedar, anise, camphor and a bit of cocoa surrounded with firm, chewy tannins and sweet spice notes that add complexity as the palate evolves. Sustained fruit, spice and savory elements mix through a very long, complex and fresh finish with lingering tannins.