Justin didn’t get to be one of the big dogs on the Central Coast by accident. And Isosceles, didn’t become Justin’s flagship wine for nothing. A classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot, Isosceles clearly demonstrates how the whole can be greater than the sum of the parts. Deeply flavored Paso Robles fruit is meticulously sorted, fermented separately, and then aged in 100% new French oak for twenty-one months. The result is rich black fruit, silky tannins and deep, lasting flavor. Whether you’re looking for a great red to grace the dinner or you’re just aiming to enhance your cellar, Isosceles delivers–in spades. 72.00
‘Tis the season–for new releases. And I’ve just got my hands on the latest sauvignon blanc from Justin Vineyards & Winery. One of the nice things about a fresh, young bottle of sauvignon blanc is that you don’t have to wait to enjoy it–it’s loaded with flavor and ready to drink now. Central Coast fruit displays tropical and citrus fruit flavors with a little herbal character in the background, Here is a crisp, finely textured sauvignon blanc just made for spring and summer days ahead. 16.00
Okay, the name of this wine is quite a mouthful–but as it turns out, the wine itself is quite a mouthful. Decoding German wine labels takes a little doing but there is a lot of information packed in there. Wine maker Nik Weis’ “Alte Reben” refers to “old vine”–in this case a very select 22 acre parcel in the cool climate Saar Valley. “Kabinett” denotes a riesling made from grapes picked during the initial harvest–the grapes are ripe, but over-ripe.
A bit drier than most Kabinetts, “Kabinett Feinherb” has lip-smacking acidity balanced by just a bit of residual sugar. The flavors are so rich and lush, it is just hard to put the glass down. This bottle is made for Asian food of almost any kind. At just over 10% abv, Feinherb could also play well at lunch for on a picnic. 18.00
Cosentino Winery has dressed up Cigar Old Vine Zinfandel–one of its long time favorites–with a cool new label. Some clever graphic designer created a classy cigar band look for the label. I know it’s supposed to just about what is in the bottle, but really, doesn’t great packaging make an impression–especially as a gift.
The newly released Cigar lives up to its reputation as a big, bold Zin–coming in at 15.5% abv. That translates into a big mouthfeel. Deep fruit character, spice, coffee, and chocolate all come together on a long finish. 20.00