i ordered 12 bottles on blind faith and they are now sitting quietly in my cellar. the isosceles is year-in-year-out fantastic for my palate. i even loved the 98 which didn't score too well per WS. Figure the 99 Cab scored 91 by this mag and the Isosceles gets the better juice...
I too ordered a case, but I know it is in bottle shock right now, as they just bottled the stuff. I won't open one for at least a couple months. Considering that the 99 Justification was miles above any other vintage, and comprises of the other 2 varietals in the Isosceles, I can only imagine how good this will be. 1999 so far is probably the best Paso Robles year I've seen.
For the people that received there alocation already, what price did you pay for each bottle of the '99 Isoceles. I have heard the price increase is more this year than the last 2 years. The Isoceles will not be in the stores here in KY until the beginning of April.
I ordered 12 bottles and two magnums on faith and past experience. Jamie at the winery pronounced it superior to the '97 (but what do you expect!). How long does one wait for "bottle shock" to subside before tasting it? My all time favorite from Justin is their single vineyard Syrah from Halter Vineyards. Anyone else taste it?
the Halter Syrah was the MacGillivray Syrah in 98, right? I can't find my notes on the 98, but I remember being not too impressed at the time I tried it. I thought it could have used another year in the bottle. A lighter syrah than what I was hoping for. I haven't been impressed with any of the Justin 1998 offerings.
They are charging $38 per for the Wine Society members. It lists for $47.50. In two years the retail price has risen almost 10 dollars! A bit upsetting to be sure and hopefully they won't keep jacking the price as if they were a Napa Valley winery.
Nick, what did you think of the 97 6 months ago????
I totally agree with you on that. I thought it was a nice wine. Not great, but pretty good. But everything from the last wine club shipment was fantastic, especially the zin and justification. I have a bottle of 94, a couple 96's also. Does anyone have TN's on these 2 or a '95 that they want to sell?
I have tried about 5 of Justin's '99's. The Isosceles was absolutely fantastic. Opaque color, huge nose and a blockbuster wine. Given that WS gave the Cab a 92 score, it would not surprise me to see a score in the high 90's (prediction 97 points).
i too, ordered a case of the 99 isoceles and a case of the 99 cab, but have yet to open one. i am getting married there 6/8/02(!), and was concerned that my party would not be allowed to drink as much as they want and even that they might hold back on the good stuff, so i'll have these 2 cases on hand just in case! the 97 and 98 isoceles were both great, but there is an obvious difference. i am going to fianlize some details at the winery this weekend, but i think they are close to out of just about everything?
Tried this Saturday with my local wine retailer. We split a bottle and quickly finished it. WOW. What a wonderful bottle of wine. This is a big tasty fruit bomb. I quickly bought three bottles to place in my cellar. Unfortunately the state of Ohio commands the price to be $51/bottle or I would have got some more.
A few comments about Justin wines (I have been a fan for over a decade):
The 1998 Syrah I found disjointed when I first bought it.... 6 months later, it blossomed into a beautiful bottle of wine, and the rest of the case disappeared in just a few months. I wish I had more. The 2000 is due out in July, and I will purchase some, as the barral sample I tasted 4 months ago was quite impressive.
The Isosceles has been a stellar wine for a decade. The 1994, which won the Pichon-LaLande trophy in 1997, is still young and tight, with great balance and structure, as of last month. The 1995 is the lightest of the vintages, possibly due to the initial release of the Isosceles Reserve that vintage (which, BTW, is drinking very nicely right now!). The 1996 is fine, the 1997 is still developing, and the 1998 has overcome its initial awkwardness to bloom into a very nice bottle of wine. The 1999 reminds me a lot of the 1997 and 1994 in depth and structure. I don't think you can go wrong with it.
Is $40 to $47.50 a reasonable price for the 1999?? Compare it to some 3rd growths from Bordeaux in a great year, and you tell me. I say "Yes!"
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