Wine Advocate 92 points - Made from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc that spent 24 months in new French oak, the 2011 Isosceles offers classic lead pencil, cedar, hints of herbs and both cassis and currant-styled fruit in its approachable, full-bodied and elegant profile. It’s beautifully made, has no hard edges and can be consumed anytime over the coming decade or more. (Aug 2014)
Bright with a deep ruby core, lighter with a bit of garnet toward the rim. Rich and aromatic with dark fruit of black cherry, cassis, exotic licorice, cinnamon, and subtle vanilla spice with sweet notes of tobacco, a little cocoa and subtle toasted cedar in the background. Full bodied with black cherry and classic black currant fruit, complex brown spice of star anise, licorice with cocoa and herbal notes of sweet tobacco and a hint of eucalyptus.
|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.