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2020 Reserve Malbec

2020 Reserve Malbec

A blending powerhouse comes into the spotlight




Wine Society

About the Wine

The malbec grape hails from Cahors in southwestern France just south of Bordeaux where it is known as Cot. It had also been used as a blending component in Bordeaux wines for many years before achieving its “rock star” status in Argentina. We normally make a small amount of Malbec wine each vintage to potentially blend into ISOSCELES Reserve and other wines, however starting in 2012, we made a small lot specifically for this limited release of Reserve Malbec. We hope you enjoy yet another great vintage of this wine with the 2020 Reserve Malbec.

Tasting Notes




Bright with a near opaque purple core and a luminescent almost pink rim, with slow forming, heavily stained tears.


Aromatic with blueberry, red plum, and huckleberry fruit with eucalyptus leaves, fresh rose petal, vanilla, sweet tobacco, and toasted oak.


Nearly bodied with full fruit character on the entry, including cassis, elderberry, raspberry preserves. The mid-palate shines with balanced and moderate tannins; and notes of fresh thyme, mint, leather, and cocoa serving to restrain the overtly fruit forward nature of the wine. The finish is moderately long and fresh with firm tannins, sustained black fruit with rose petal accents, vanilla, baking spice and subtle toasted oak.

Key Features

  • Appellation

    Paso Robles

  • Fermentation

    Stainless steel open- and closed-top tanks with UV43 yeast and twice-daily pump-overs

  • Maturation

    Barrel-aged for 21 months in 100% French oak (53% new)

  • Alcohol



Cheese and Charcuterie

The 2020 JUSTIN Reserve Malbec is a wine of both power and subtlety making it a very versatile pairing wine. Try this wine with a cherry glazed duck breast over risotto or with a nice picnic of salami with Dry Jack or Manchego cheese.

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