Awards

  • Winery of the Year

    Wine Enthusiast Magazine

    “We are truly honored to be recognized as American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast ,” said David Ricanati, President of JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery. “Our emphasis at JUSTIN has, and will always be, about quality. From our winemaking philosophy to the high caliber of our wines, from our relationships with retailers and distributors to our guests’ experience on property, we want everyone to know what makes JUSTIN unique. To be recognized in such a meaningful way is something that we take great pride in.”

  • Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 91 points

    2012 ISOSCELES

    “The estate’s Cabernet-dominated release, the 2012 Isosceles checks in as 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc, all of which spent 21 months in new French oak. It’s a medium to full-bodied, supple, pure and balanced effort that offers lots of toasted spice, cedar, tobacco leaf and cassis-like aromas and flavors. Showing hints of chalky minerality and plenty of tannin on the finish, it will have 10-12+ years of longevity.” Drink 2016-2025

  • Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 92 points

    2012 FOCUS

    “Made from 100% Syrah, the 2012 Focus Proprietary Red (16 months in 100% new French oak) has lots of oak in its smoked black fruits, licorice, scorched earth and licorice aromas and flavors, and at times shows a hint of charred wood, which slightly worrisome. Nevertheless, it hits the palate with a beautiful, full-bodied texture that carries impressive concentration, lots of fine tannin and good overall freshness. It needs 2-3 years in the cellar and will have 10-12 years of overall longevity.” Drink 2016-2022

  • Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 90 points

    2012 JUSTIFICATION

    “A blend of 58% Cabernet Franc and 42% Merlot, the 2012 Justification was aged 19 months in 47% new French oak. It’s an impressive, full-bodied, nicely structured Bordeaux blend that gives up plenty of cassis, lead pencil, black raspberry and toasted spice on the nose. Already approachable, it nevertheless has the tannic structure to evolve nicely for a decade.” Drink 2015-2025

  • San Francisco International Wine Competition, 2014 Best Bordeaux Blend; Double Gold Medal

    2011 ISOSCELES

  • Decanter 90 points

    2011 ISOSCELES

    “Abundant tannins dominate the lively cassis and black cherry fruit, cedar and spice character now, but cellaring should add flesh to the bones of this wine.” – Decanter, 2014

  • Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 94 points

    2010 ISOSCELES Reserve

    “The star of the show, the 2010 ISOSCELES Reserve (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Merlot aged 21 months in 100% new French oak) is a deep, rich and muscular effort that still has some oak and tannin to integrate. Graphite, smoked dark fruits, exotic spice and sweet oak all emerge from this brilliant effort, and it hits the palate with a full-bodied, concentrated profile that carries layers of sweet tannin, solid mid-palate depth and a great finish. The tannin quality here is exceptional, and while it has no shortage of fruit, it retains a sense of elegance and balance. Give it 2-3 years in the cellar and drink it now through 2025.

    These first-rate efforts are made by Scott Shirley, who made wine in Napa for 13 years before coming to Paso Robles. The focus here is on Bordeaux varieties, and they do a fabulous job with them.” – Jeb Dunnuck, August 2014

  • Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 92 points

    2011 FOCUS

    “The 2011 FOCUS is the estate’s Syrah release, and it was aged 16 months in new French oak prior to bottling. Its inky purple color is followed by fantastic notes of blackberry, blueberry, smoked meats and hints of olive. Full-bodied, seamless and layers, with a gorgeous texture, this is a classic Paso Robles Syrah to drink over the coming 7-8 years, if not longer.” – Jeb Dunnuck, August 2014

  • Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 92 points

    2012 SAVANT

    “An interesting mix of 73% Syrah and 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 SAVANT sports an inky purple color to go with outstanding notes of blackberry and plum-styled fruit, wild herbs and leather. This gives way to a full-bodied, thrillingly pure red that has building tannin, solid mid-palate depth and a textured, seamless style that’s hard to resist. It’s big, rich and fruit-filled effort to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years.” – Jeb Dunnuck, August 2014

  • Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 92 points

    2011 ISOSCELES

    “Made from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc that spent 24 months in new French oak, the 2011 ISOSCELES offers classic lead pencil, cedar, hints of herbs and both cassis and currant-styled fruit in its approachable, full-bodied and elegant profile. It’s beautifully made, has no hard edges and can be consumed anytime over the coming decade or more.” – Jeb Dunnuck, August 2014