Justin Isosceles 2018, Paso Robles, California

2018 vintage – 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc & 9% 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 30 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 2018 Isosceles shows why Paso Robles is such a great place to grow these varieties. Appearance: Dark ruby/purple core, with black secondary color, lighter toward the rim with moderate plus viscosity and slow forming, moderately stained tears. Aroma: Very aromatic and complex with ripe black cherry and cassis fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and licorice spice with sweet tobacco, cedar, leather and camphor notes. Palate: Full-bodied with ripe black cherry and blackcurrant fruit complemented with baking spice and oak notes on entry. Sustained fruit and spice are joined by savory autumn leaf, cedar and leather on the mid-palate with mouth filling, fine tannins that lead into a long, complex and balanced finish with attractive fruit, spice, cedar and subtle camphor notes.