(From 2011 Vintage) COLOR: Bright with a dark ruby, purple core lightening slightly at the rim. AROMA: 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. PALATE: Full bodied with black cherry, black currant, and red berry fruit, with complex spice of vanilla and licorice. The mid-palate shows savory cabernet notes with smoky cedar, chocolate, and continuing ripe black fruit.
Wine & SpiritsFar 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.