Justin Isosceles 2017, Paso Robles, California

2017 vintage – 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc & 8% 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 2017 Isosceles shows why Paso Robles is such a great place to grow these varieties. Appearance: Dark ruby/purple/black core, lighter ruby/purple toward the rim with moderate plus viscosity and slow forming, moderately stained tears. Aroma: Highly aromatic and complex with lush, ripe black cherry, black currant and boysenberry with vanilla, cinnamon spice, sweet tobacco and savory notes of leather, camphor and cedar. Palate: Full bodied and luxuriant with ripe black fruit, mostly cherry and black currant with mixed ripe berries and barrel spice on entry. The mid-palate features continued fruit with subtle savory elements of autumn leaf, leather, and cedar with rounded, plush tannins that extend into a long finish featuring black cherry and camphor notes.