(From 2010 Vintage) Aroma: Rich and aromatic with dark fruit of black cherry, cassis, exotic licorice, cinnamon, and subtle vanilla spice with sweet notes of tobacco, a little cocoa and subtle toasted cedar in the background. Palate: Full bodied with black cherry and classic black currant fruit, complex brown spice of star anise, licorice with cocoa and herbal notes of sweet tobacco and a hint of eucalyptus. The rest is classic Bordeaux cabernet sauvignon - fruit, complex spice, and mineral flavors balanced with guiding structural elements on a long, memorable finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines73% 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...