By Jim Gerakaris, CSW; Winery Sommelier and Wine Educator
Making wine gives you a unique perspective on things. It’s an activity that requires you to live with decisions you can only make once a year, and it takes years to determine if you were right. Taking this into consideration, you gain a new appreciation for what it takes to make a wine like ISOSCELES that consistently shows the best potential from each vintage.
Going back to our first vintage in 1987, you can imagine Justin Baldwin calculating his best shot at “belonging in the company of the finest wines in the world” with his first harvest of estate fruit. For years, Justin had studied the great producers of Bordeaux, gleaning what he could about great winemaking. Now it was his chance to step up with his own newly harvested fruit, three brand new fermentation tanks, and a handful of barrels.
As it turns out, Justin made some excellent decisions. The early vintages of Justin’s wine received the acclaim of everyone who visited JUSTIN. With his eighth vintage, the 1994 ISOSCELES won the coveted Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande trophy at the famous London International Wine and Spirits Competition. With the eleventh vintage, the 1997, ISOSCELES took the sixth spot in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines for 2000, making Justin’s” little” winery a nationally recognized statement of uncompromising quality in winemaking .
With the 2011 ISOSCELES, our 25th vintage, we show our continued commitment to “belonging in the company of the finest wines in the world”. Through uncompromising attention to winegrowing, winemaking, and making all the “right” decisions each year, we continue to build on Justin’s dream with each vintage, and commit to take ISOSCELES to the next level with the next 25 vintages and beyond.