Justin Isosceles Red Meritage 1997

from
Central Coast
,
California

Winemaker's Notes

The 1997 ISOSCELES has a deep garnet color with purple hues. After swirling the glass, vanilla, raspberry and cassis aromas complement initial impressions of cedar, blueberry, toasted oak and spices. The wine has a soft and full entry. The acidity that follows the entry balances the wines compact tannic structure and higher alcohol level. As the wine develops, the fruit and oak become more pronounced, creating a long and predominantly raspberry and toasted oak finish. The 1997 Isosceles is well structured, complex and well balanced. The wine can be drunk now but will further evolve over the next 5 to 7 years. A bottle cellared over 5 years should always be decanted!

About the Region

An immense expanse of wine-growing real estate, covering portions of six counties between Santa Barbara and the San Francisco Bay Area and including more than 100,000 acres of vineyards, the Central Coast region includes the Santa Maria Valley, the Santa Ynez Valley and Monterey viticultural areas, and more than 20 other appellations. Chardonnay is the main grape planted, but there are scores of others, from albariño to zinfandel, with such rarities as counoise, mondeuse, and vermentino in between.