Tasting Notes and Description
Tasting Notes For Justin Isosceles Bordeaux 2016
The 2016 vintage started with a warm winter, with near normal precipitation levels. The rain was helpful to replenish the underlying soils a bit, but not enough to break a five-year drought. The spring was warm, causing an early bud break, followed by a cooling period that prolonged the flowering season without negatively affecting pollination, and served to spread the season out a bit. June and July were warm with veraison only slightly earlier than normal but lasting a bit longer due to the variable flowering times seen in the spring between varieties. August stayed warm through early September when things cooled down a little, allowing the remaining fruit to develop beautifully through September and early October, nicely balancing ripeness and maturity in our cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot parcels and allowing us to pick at highest quality levels.
Dark ruby/purple core, lighter in color toward the rim. Moderate plus viscosity with slow forming, slightly stained tears. Highly aromatic with ripe black cherry and cassis fruit, vanilla and cinnamon spice with cedar, graphite, dried autumn leaf and licorice notes over an attractive toasted oak background. Dry, full-bodied with ripe, complex black fruit of cherry and blackcurrants layered with baking spice on the entry. The mid palate has continuing ripe fruit with savory dried leaf elements, cedar, anise, camphor and a bit of cocoa surrounded with firm, chewy tannins and sweet spice notes that add complexity as the palate evolves. Sustained fruit, spice and savory elements mix through a very long, complex and fresh finish with lingering tannins. The 2016 ISOSCELES is fullbodied, complex and balanced and pairs well with rich, full-flavored dishes like braised beef short ribs over polenta as easily as it does with a classic New York steak simply seasoned with salt and pepper and grilled over an open fire. If you can, try cellaring some of your 2016 ISOSCELES to better experience the added complexity and finesse that only time can bring to this exceptional wine.
|Winery||Justin - Isosceles|
|Varietal||Bordeaux Red Blend|
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