Current Press

JUST JUSTIN on the front lines

Central Coast Magazine (CCM) – May 2007

Iron Chef Central Coast
“Welcome to Battle Cheese. The rules were simple. Each chef was asked to prepare four dishes using a secret ingredient: one appetizer, one main dish, one dessert, and one wild card dish of their choosing. The secret ingredient was the same for all the chefs, is readily available, and gave each chef creative opportunities, leaving a lot of room for interpretation.”

RUNNER UP: Chef Ryan Swarthout, Deborah’s Room Restaurant
The Menu

Seared “Mano De Leon” Scallops
With Truffle Granola, Piave Vecchio Sauce and Roasted Pears

Potato & Sage Cheddar Crusted Venison
Melted Onions, Smoked Fleur de Sel and Blackberry Smoked Maple Red Wine Sauce

Mache Salad
Goat Gouda and Blood Orange Gelee

Valrhona Chocolate Pudding Cake
Sauternes Soaked Blue Cheese Ice Cream, Smoked Pecans & Chocolate Sauce

Sunset Magazine – March 2007

Central Coast: Where to Stay – The JUST Inn, Where to Taste – JUSTIN Winery
“One of the pioneers is JUSTIN Winery. The first Paso winery to break into Wine Spectator magazine’s Top 100 list, it has acquired a cult following for ISOSCELES, an outsize Bordeaux-style blend. Outsize, too, are JUSTIN’s luxuries: The winery compound includes a European-inspired Inn and a first-rate restaurant, Deborah’s Room.”

Wine Enthusiast – April 2007

93 points – JUSTIN 2004 JUSTIFICATION, Paso Robles
“JUSTIN proves that Bordeaux can succeed in western Paso Robles, but interestingly, the wine is Cab Franc and Merlot, with no Sauvignon. Both varieties do well in cooler areas, and this wine does have good acidity and a rich earthiness suggesting butter-sauteed mushrooms with a splash of soy. An interesting, complex wine; a natural beauty to pair with food.” –S.H.

Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine – March 2007

91 points – JUSTIN 2004 SAVANT, Paso Robles
“50% Syrah, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. As ripe and as weighty as the winery’s Syrah, this powerful, positively mouth-filling wine is far more concentrated with richness, ripeness and lavish oak than it is with discrete fruit or nuance. Its smells and flavors of caramel, vanilla and chocolate are laced with peppery spice and hints of smoked meat, and its very ripe, berry-like fruit powers past obvious latter-palate tannins. No shy flower this, it calls for drinking with meat on the bone and could do with five or more years in the cellar.”

Wine Spectator – Jan. 31st – Feb. 28, 2007

92 points - JUSTIN 2004 JUSTIFICATION, Paso Robles
“Impressive for its array of ripe, rich, intense flavors, its tight focus and its depth and concentration. Loads of currant, plum and blackberry fruit are front and center, showing off a hint of mocha-laced oak and ending with firm tannins. But the fruit glides through. Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2013. 2,000 cases made.” –J.L.

Wine Enthusiast – February 2007

On the Cover, by Chris Rubin, Interview with Jaime Pressly, Actress, “My Name is Earl”:
“’JUSTIN ISOSCELES changed my whole perception of wine’, she says.”

Decanter – February 2007

Wines of the Month:
4 Stars – JUSTIN 2004 JUSTIFICATION, Paso Robles
”Established in 1981, this family-owned winery specializes in Bordeaux blends. This cuvee is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Expressive aromas of blueberry and blackberry with roasted coffee. Full bodied with integrated tannins and bright acidity.”

Wine Spectator – June 15, 2006:

91 points – JUSTIN 2002 ISOSCELES Reserve, Paso Robles
California’s New Frontier, by James Laube.

“Their Syrah shows notable improvement (the Paso Robles Reserve earned 93 and 92 points for the 2002 and 2001 vintages, respectively), but Bordeaux reds remain the focus. The 1997 JUSTIN ISOSCELES (95 points), a blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Cabernet Franc and Merlot, remains the highest-scoring Paso Robles wine to date.”

Where to Stay: The JUST Inn at JUSTIN Winery
“The JUST Inn stands our in rustic Paso Robles, for both its luxury and its idyllic location in the midst of the rolling JUSTIN vineyards, surrounded by oak-dotted hills. Décor here evokes a Victorian jewel box: roomy humpback leather armchairs and elevated queen-size canopy beds heaped high with pillows. Bathrooms are spacious. Flat-screen TVs and microwave ovens are in the rooms…”