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2019 Justin Isosceles

Justin Winery is one of the unique premium wineries situated in the western hillside, some 16 miles outside the town of Paso Robles. A composite of 160 acres of rugged rolling hill vineyard with sub-soils of fossilized limestone and marine deposits. The property is nearly ten miles inland from the Pacific Ocean at elevations of 1100 to 1800 feet. Justin Baldwin, an international investment banker with Midwestern agricultural roots, along with his wife Deborah purchased this "raw land" in the Adelaida district of Paso Robles in 1981. With a passion for crafting Bordeaux-style blends, Justin planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. He likened his wines to the quality of fruit grown on the right and left bank regions of Bordeaux. Winemaking for the last 14 vintages has been under the guidance of winemaker Scott Shirley who continues to transform this winery into an iconic brand.

Not only is the 2019 Isosceles another memorable achievement from winemaker Scott Shirley, but I believe it is his best effort to date. The 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot is a showoff with a medium garnet color. Make no mistake this is an opulent, red fruit driven blend with ripe crème de cassis, Morello cherries, sweet oak and a touch of baking spices. The core is creamy and silky smooth with freshness and a tremendous flavor that leads to a lengthy finish.

By W Peter Hoyne

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