1998 Justin Vineyards & Winery Isosceles Paso Robles
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277 Ratings
1998 Justin Vineyards & Winery Isosceles Paso Robles

Winemaker's Notes

The 1998 ISOSCELES has a deep garnet color with purple hues. After swirling the glass, vanilla, raspberry and cassis aromas complement initial impressions of cedar, blueberry, toasted oak and spices. The wine has a soft and full entry. The acidity that follows the entry balances the wines compact tannic structure and higher alcohol level. As the wine develops, the fruit and oak become more pronounced, creating a long and predominantly raspberry and toasted oak finish. The 1997 Isosceles is well s...

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The 1998 ISOSCELES has a deep garnet color with purple hues. After swirling the glass, vanilla, raspberry and cassis aromas complement initial impressions of cedar, blueberry, toasted oak and spices. The wine has a soft and full entry. The acidity that follows the entry balances the wines compact tannic structure and higher alcohol level. As the wine develops, the fruit and oak become more pronounced, creating a long and predominantly raspberry and toasted oak finish. The 1997 Isosceles is well s...

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 2008 Vintage) Far more showy was a barrel sample of the 2008 Isosceles Reserve, composed of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot. It exhibits sweeter tannins along with dense black fruits intermixed with charcoal, creme de cassis, roasted herbs, and spice box. It is a big, thick, juicy, nearly over-the-top wine with impressive balance. I was somewhat surprised that I had a pronounced preference for the 2008 over the 2007 Isosceles Reserve, a cuvee that ages uncommonly well for a Bordeaux varietal blend from Paso Robles.
  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 2007 Vintage) Far more showy was a barrel sample of the 2008 Isosceles Reserve, composed of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot. It exhibits sweeter tannins along with dense black fruits intermixed with charcoal, creme de cassis, roasted herbs, and spice box. It is a big, thick, juicy, nearly over-the-top wine with impressive balance. I was somewhat surprised that I had a pronounced preference for the 2008 over the 2007 Isosceles Reserve, a cuvee that ages uncommonly well for a Bordeaux varietal blend from Paso Robles.
  • Ken's Wine Guide
    (From 2004 Vintage) This wine opens with a forward Eucalyptus bouquet with hints of cherry. On the palate, the wine is well balanced, mouthwatering, and quite tasty. Its black current flavors are prominent and pronoun...
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 2001 Vintage) 73% Cabernet Sauvignon; 18% Cabernet Franc; 5% Merlot; 3% Petit Verdot; 1% Malbec. Among the biggest, most intense and most overdone wines of this issue, Justin's latest Isoceles is defined first and foremost by its chocolatey ripeness, but it has just enough slightly jammy blueberry and blackberry fruit to stay in the game. It is thick on the palate; its smoky oak is as bold as any of its parts; and there is simply no hiding its obvious heat. Still, while it may be anathema to any and all lookin...