2011 Justin "Isosceles" Paso Robles Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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. These first-rate efforts are made by Scott Shirley, who made wine in Napa Valley for 13 years before coming to Paso Robles. The focus here is on the Bordeaux varieties, and they do a fabulous job with them.
The 2011 Isosceles is the 25th vintage of this signature bottling for Justin Vineyards. It is composed of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon with 12% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. The wine was aged for 21 months in 100% new French oak before bottling. From the winery: "Aromatic with ripe black cherry, cassis and a touch of red berry brightness, with toasted vanilla, licorice, and cinnamon spice combined with cedar and subtle smoky cocoa notes. [The palate is] full bodied with black cherry, black currant, and red berry fruit on the entry, mixed with complex spice of vanilla, licorice and cola accents. The mid-palate shows savory Cabernet notes with smoky cedar, chocolate, and continuing ripe black fruit. The finish is very long and full with bright cherry, candy fruit and spice, balanced with firm, plush tannins that will smooth out even more with each year as this wine matures." The 2011 bottling has not yet been professionally reviewed, but the 2010 vintage garnered 91 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar.