The town of Paso Robles, in the Paso Robles appellation of California, is home to Justin Vineyards & Winery. The winery’s primary focus is the production of two Bordeaux blends, one using Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, and the other using Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In addition to this, they use a number of different varietals (Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay to name a few) to produce smaller quantities of wine.
The 2008 Justin Vineyards & Winery Isosceles was a red blend, composed of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot. The wine was aged in French oak barrels (65% new, 35% old) for 24 months. The label listed ABV was 15%.
Recently, I was dining at Salt Creek Grille, in Rumson NJ, when the manager approached me. He mentioned they had one bottle left of the 2008 Justin Isosceles. Previously, I had neither heard of the vineyard, nor tasted the wine. On his recommendation, I decided to give it a try.
I was glad I did.
This was a PNP.
When I took my first sip, my eyes widened a bit in pleasant surprise. A blast of flavors exploded in my mouth. Bright red fruit, strong raspberry, jam, cinnamon, and clove were accompanied by mellow tannins. Similar to the nose, there was no heat whatsoever. The wine was delicious.
The finish was medium-long with clove pleasantly lingering.
This was an extremely fruit forward wine. It went well with blackened seafood, the fruit and spiciness balancing each other. A grilled steak would fit it as well. I would avoid anything with a barbecue sauce orientation, the sweetness of the sauce with the fruitiness of the wine would not be a welcome combination.
The 2008 Justin Vineyards & Winery Isosceles retails in the $50 range. It is a decent buy for a wine at that level. I plan to try and locate some more. I hope you have the opportunity to try it sometime.