2000 Justin "Isosceles" Paso Robles Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1003046 92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 78% Cabernet Sauvignon; 19% Cabernet Franc; 3% Merlot. Plump, polished and absolutely brimming with both ripe cherry fruitiness and lots of vanillin oak, this mouthfilling wine smacks vaguely of Merlot in its supple and so very outgoing manner. It has a few youthful edges yet to overcome, but its finishing trim of tannin and acidity in no way interferes with its fruity richness, and its fine sense of energy is likely to carry it forward for some half-dozen years of positive growth.  (12/2003)

Wine Spectator

 Well-made, showing complex herb, currant, plum and berry flavors that are ripe and vibrant, with firm yet integrated tannins and a fruity aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. (JL)  (11/2003)

K&L Notes

Brilliant ruby color with garnet hues. Layers upon layers of aromas appear as this wine evolves in the glass, rich with toasted oak, pencil lead, and caramel, combining with cherry, black currant and earthy components. A delicate, soft entry is complemented by initial raspberry, strawberry and black currant flavors. Cedar and spice appear soon after the fruit components, quickly rounded out with a delicate balance of acidity and medium bodied tannins. On the lingering finish, the wine leaves a lasting impression of toasted oak, strawberry, raspberry, black currant and blackberry.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.