Wine Enthusiast 87 points - An enormously ripe wine, as sweet as a dessert pastry, with licorice, currant, chocolate, brown sugar and oak flavors. The tannins are soft, and the alcohol is very high. (Nov 2013)
The highest expression of JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery is our ISOSCELES Reserve. Sourced entirely from our home estate vineyard planted in 1981 this wine reflects the pinnacle of our efforts. Vines planted on native root stock, in nutrient depleted soils, dry farmed and hand harvested produce tiny yields that are big on flavor. Painstaking efforts by our vineyard and winemaking team including hand sorting, cold soaking open top fermentation, extended maceration and aging in 100% new French oak barrels for up to 25 months produce rewards that both you and the critics appreciate.
|JUSTIN Vineyards are located in the Central Coast region of California, less than ten miles from the Pacific Ocean with elevations ranging from 1100 to 1800. The property incorporates a total of 160 acres, of which 72 are mostly dry farmed acres planted in full-bodied Bordeaux grape varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and limited of rich Burgundian style Chardonnay. Additionally, Syrah, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Orange Muscat add to the estate vineyard program. The steep hillside vineyards yield little water and thus, most of the acreage is dry farmed and all the grapes must be hand harvested. Soils are a very important ingredient to their wines` success. Painstaking care is exercised in matching the extremely varied soils to the varietals to coax the truest expression of each varietal`s character and complexity. The vineyards are continuously being updated. Currently, some areas are being replanted to expand Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc acreage using resistant rootstock and French clones to enhance the choice of Bordeaux varietals for their ISOSCELES program.
The focus of JUSTIN is to produce their flagship wine ISOSCELES, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The grape varietals for this wine are specifically selected only from their estate vineyards.
It is the goal of JUSTIN to bring only the highest quality wines to the market. They maintain their objective to be on the cutting edge in winemaking practices by allowing the terrior to come through to expose the soils and growing conditions of the vineyard.