2006 Justin "Isosceles" Paso Robles Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1046277 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.  (11/2009)

Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (10/2009)

K&L Notes

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)

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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.
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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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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 15