2014 Justin Isosceles Reserve
Founded in 1981 by Justin Baldwin, JUSTIN specializes in Bordeaux-style varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, combining time-honored tradition with the latest innovations.
A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Malbec aged for 24 months in French oak. This wine has a bright, deep almost opaque purple ruby core lightening to medium intensity with more ruby color at the rim. Swirling the glass gives slow forming, well-stained tears on the glass. It's very aromatic with black cherry jam, blackcurrant and a little boysenberry fruit mixed with toasted oak, vanilla and cinnamon spice complemented by savory cedar, sweet tobacco and graphite notes. Full bodied, rich and impressive on the entry with a ripe black cherry and blackcurrant jam core with ripe a berry accent mixed with layers of baking spice and toasty oak elements. Savory dried autumn leaf, graphite and cedar notes with some dusty cocoa appear on the fresh midpalate balanced by firm, chewy tannins that lead into the extremely long finish with lingering ripe fruit, continuing savory notes, a little chocolate and a subtle floral note all wrapped in sustained tannins that will remain prominent for a few years.
94 points Wine Enthusiast
"There is a focused intensity of black plum, elderberry and black-cherry pie on the nose of this blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Malbec. A ripe black-cherry flavor meets with licorice, vanilla and fudge on the palate, where polished tannins provide ample structure." (MK)
California, Paso Robles
82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec
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