2006 Justin "Isosceles" Paso Robles Bordeaux Blend
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Sexy aromas of cherry-vanilla, cola, brown spices and licorice. Sappy cherry and dark berry flavors are framed by velvety tannins and show a lot of smoky, sweet oak influence. I like this wine's depth and sweet fruit but wonder about the oak element.
Very ripe, almost overripe, with an edge of raisins. But the structure of tannins and acids is fine, and the pruniness acts as a foil against the blackberries, cherries and cedar wood. Drink now.
Justin Isosceles has been one of the closest things to a can't-miss domestic Bordeaux blend over the last decade. Add the fact that it so much less expensive than most of its Napa brethren and you have a great bargain on your hands. This year's blend is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot, leading to a much richer and fuller bodied wine than in recent years, when the bottling has been a smidge less Cab-driven. Full of mocha, anise, graphite and highlighted with some lovely white floral laces the nose is wildly expressive for a wine this young. I can only imagine how this facet will build complexity over time. Rich and loaded with plump, lush flavors of blackberry, coffee bean, pastilles, kirsch and hardwood smoke this has plenty to please now, but would be served well with another month or two in bottle, although 7-8 years would also not be out of question. This is a perfect wine for grilled meats and strong flavored California cuisine or for those that would like to impress their Napa-driven Cabernet friends. (Bryan Brick, K&L Wine Merchants)