JUSTIN on the front lines

Wine Spectator

July 16, 2014

JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery and the Restaurant at JUSTIN received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

Passport Magazine

August 2014

The JUST Inn and Restaurant at JUSTIN are included in the feature on Paso Robles wine country.

OK! Magazine

June 27
JUSTIN Excecutive Chef Will Torres' House Ground Angus Burger, paired with JUSTIN 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, was featured on in their "30 Days of Summer" recipe series.

July 3
JUSTIN Sauvignon Blanc is featured in the article "15 wines for $15 and Under To Help You Celbrate Independence Day."

Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

June 15, 2014

2011 JUSTIFICATION received Critics Gold - 90 points

Honest Cooking

June 11, 2014

Full bodied with black cherry, black currant, and red berry fruit on the entry, mixed with complex spice of vanilla, licorice and cola accents. The finish is very long and full with bright cherry candy fruit and spice, balanced with firm, plush tannins that will smooth out even more with each year as this wine matures. Will be great for Dad to store until the winter – when it will be a delicious companion to a powerful winter stew.

Fred Tasker - 2013 Rose

June 2, 2014

Wine writer, Fred Tasker, highly recommended the 2013 JUSTIN Rosé in his syndicted article on rosés for summer.

 "Dry and crisp, with aromas and flavors on ripe strawberries backed by tart lemon zest and a hint of herbs."

LA Times

May 24, 2014

Justin Vineyards Rosé (Paso Robles)

Not convinced about rosé? Try this Cabernet Sauvignon rosé from Justin Vineyards. It's pale salmon in color, and it has the structure and punch to hold its own against bold flavors. Dry and crisp, with a cleansing tartness, it would even work with salumi or charcuterie. And it could go straight to the table too.

May 21, 2014

JUSTIN celebrates quarter century of vintages

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April 29, 2014

If You Live in San Francisco … Consider Paso Robles, Calif.

During the legendary Mid-State Fair (July 16 to 27), locals still don cowboy boots for tractor races, rodeos and monster truck rallies—plus concerts by the Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum and Journey.

But this old-country town is also fast becoming a respected vino producer: In 2013, Wine Enthusiast named Paso Robles wine region of the year, citing its innovation and ability for reinvention—back in 1983, when the grape-producing area was established, there were just 17 wineries. Today, highlights of the area’s 200-plus wineries include JUSTIN for its Isosceles blend and gorgeous new tasting room, and Tablas Creek for Rhone-style reds and whites.

DuJour Magazine

March 26, 2014

"JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery: This estate vineyard emphasizes Bordeaux-style blends and single varietals. Highly recommended are the 2011 Isosceles ($70) and the 2011 Justification ($48). Both complex red blends are ready to drink now or will age nicely. You can also dine and stay overnight – there is a restaurant, inn and private villa onsite. 11680 Chimney Rock Road"

March 18, 2014

"Even beer drinkers know that Napa and Sonoma produce great wines, but recently attention has turned south. Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast produces rich reds, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. At Justin Vineyards and Winery, you’ll find a striking Tuscan-style tasting room, restaurant, and B&B, along with its Cabernet-based Isosceles blend."

Food & Wine Magazine

March 17, 2014

"Justin makes big, Bordeaux-style wines like the Cabernet Franc-Merlot blend Justification. Tastings are staged along the tour, including in the wine cave. Tasting room offers cheese and charcuterie to pair with wine.

Justin owns the Just Inn for travelers exploring the Central Coast's somewhat-overlooked wine scene, There's also a restaurant, where chef Will Torres prepares dishes like truffle risotto for dinner; lunches (on Fridays and Saturdays) are more casual. Doubles from $375; justinwinecom"

Oakland Tribune

March 11, 2014

"If you're heading to Paso Robles for a wine-tasting weekend, you'll find plenty of Marriotts and Quintas, and B&Bs galore. But the Just Inn and SummerWood, two luxurious winery inns planted in the midst of vineyards, have recently been redone, and the results are so lovely, you may forget all about wine tasting.”

The Mercury News

March 11, 2014

“If you're heading to Paso Robles for a wine-tasting weekend, you'll find plenty of Marriotts and Quintas, and B&Bs galore. But the Just Inn and SummerWood, two luxurious winery inns planted in the midst of vineyards, have recently been redone, and the results are so lovely, you may forget all about wine tasting.”

Wine Spectator - 96 points - 2009 FOCUS

February 1, 2012

"A delicious and graceful expression of ripe, elegant blueberry and wild berry fruit, with touches of spice, espresso and spices. Full-bodied, polished and refined, ending with a long, tapered finish." -James Laube

Wine Enthusiast - 93 points & Editors' Choice - 2009 SAVANT

Our 2009 SAVANT was named "Editors' Choice" and awarded 93 points by Wine Enthusiast! Check out the April issue when it hits stands.

Food & Wine - Wine Guide 2012 - 2008 ISOSCELES, 2008 JUSTIFICATION

2008 ISOSCELES and 2008 JUSTIFICATION were featured in Food & Wine's Wine Guide 2012. Read the review.

Houston Chronicle - 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

JUSTIN's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon scored 19 out of 20 points (9 for quality, 10 for value) in Houston Chronicle's blind tasting panel.

"Our tasters: gave it a unanimous recommendation with a high score of 9.4. 'Light oak...big, rich cherry flavors.'"

Wine Spectator - 2001 California Cabernet Retrospective

November 15, 2011

JUSTIN's ISOSCELES was recommended in an article that revisited 2001 California Cabernets, and 2007 ISOSCELES was also featured in the issue's Alphabetical Guide to California Cabernet.

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James Suckling - 94 points - 2008 ISOSCELES

November 2011

"I really like the balance and subtle fruit in this red with currants, spices and light coffee aromas and flavors. Silky textured finish. Hazelnut and fruit on the finish. Harmonious wine."

- James Suckling

James Suckling - 94 points - 2009 JUSTIFICATION

November 2011

"Love the nose to this with dark fruits and cigar tobacco on the nose. Hints of milk chocolate. Full bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This is a very beautiful wine indeed. Decadent and refined at the same time."

- James Suckling

James Suckling - 93 points - 2009 SAVANT

November 2011

"Wonderful nose of dark fruits with smoked meat. Very intense. Full and velvety with beautiful fruit. So much on the palate. Yet reserved and refined. Long, long finish."

- James Suckling

James Suckling - 91 points - 2009 FOCUS

November 2011

"Big and juicy red with lots of plummy and meaty character on the palate. Full body, with lots of round and soft tannins and a long finish."

- James Suckling

Martha Stewart Living - October 2011 Issue

“Best for a Blowout Dinner”

“Opulent chocolate and berry notes make JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery’s 2007 ISOSCELES from Paso Robles the perfect Cabernet Sauvignon blend for a lavish celebration.”  Read the Article

Robert Parker - June 30, 2011

2008 ISOSCELES Reserve Barrel Tasting

“It exhibits sweeter tannins along with dense black fruits intermixed with charcoal, creme de cassis, roasted herbs, and spice box. It is a big, thick, juicy, nearly over-the-top wine with impressive balance.”     - Robert Parker Read the Review

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Wine Spectator Insider - November 10, 2010

95 Points - 2008 JUSTIN FOCUS

"Combining power with finesse, this is dark, dense, intense and chewy, with layers of dark berry, mineral, spice, sage and cedar. The flavors are pure, focused, persistent and increasingly complex, ending with gritty black licorice, rye bread-laced tannins. Best Justin on some time. Syrah and Grenache. Best from 2011 through 2022. From California. - J.L." Read the Review

Wine Enthusiast - December 2010 Issue

94 Points - 2007 ISOSCELES Reserve

805 Living Magazine - July 2010

2009 Sauvignon Blanc
If sauvignon blanc isn’t the perfect summer wine, I don’t know what is. Bright and lively, it tastes exactly like a July afternoon. Justin’s features shades of citrus and tropical fruits, and there’s a little bit of spring grass on the nose, too. Pack a picnic with this one; it’s a screwtop, so skip the corkscrew. Download the article

San Francisco International Wine Competition 2010

Double Gold - 2007 ISOSCELES

California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition 2010


Best of Region - Central Coast Appellation
Best of Class - Central Coast Appellation
Gold Medal - 95 Points

Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition 2010

Gold Medal - 2007 ISOSCELES

Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition

Best of Class, Gold Medal - 2007 SAVANT

Wine & Spirits April 2010

#9 Wine sold by the glass in America, #12 Most Popular Cabernet - 2007 JUSTIN Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast April 2010 Issue

93 Points, Editor's Choice - 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

This is quite easily the best Justin Cabernet ever. The wine achieves a new height of richness of fruit, dazzling with waves of blackberries, blueberries, cassis and chocolate, liberally enhanced with sweet vanilla oak. Yet it’s bone dry, and the tannins are immaculate, with enough acids for balance. Gorgeous now with haute cuisine. Editors’ Choice. —S.H. Download the Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide

90 Points - 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

A very nice Cab, on a par with last year’s very fine one and quite as good as the 2002. It’s dry and rich in black and red cherries, red currants, cola and chocolate, with firm, velvety tannins. Beautiful now and for a few more years. —S.H.

Wine Enthusiast - March 2010 Issue

92 Points - 2007 JUSTIFICATION
Easily one of the best JUSTIN reds in years. An unusual blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, it shows a wonderful texture, courtesy of softly ripe tannins and just-in-time acidity. The flavors are all cherries: pie filling, red currants, and ripely fresh fruit off the tree on a hot summer day. Delicious and compelling. —S.H.

91 Points - 2007 SAVANT
This blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and a drop of Malbec, presumably for color and body, represents a big step forward for JUSTIN. It has the structure and impressive dryness of a fine wine, with pure, deep flavors of black currants and cedar. Delicious and elegant, it should hold in the bottle for 3–5 years. —S.H.

Decanter - February 2010

2006 ISOSCELES Reserve
Rated 4-Stars in the Decanter California Cabernet 2006 tasting panel. 
"Deep, reserved, complex nose; underbrush, plum, cassis, smoke, vanilla.  Very ripe and full; complete, rich, succulent, grainy tanins; very promising, long finish."

Wine Enthusiast - Dec 31, 2009

95 Points, #53 of the Top 100 Wines of 2009 - 2006 Reserve Cabernet
Although this Cab is quite tannic, it's really good now. Shows impeccable balance in a New World style that oozes black and red currants, dark chocolate, licorice, cedar and plums, with a note of raw, bloody meat. Very high quality, an excellent rendition of western Paso Robles hillside Cabernet. Good through 2015, with proper cellaring.

Wine Enthusiast - October 2009

91 Points - 2006 SAVANT

Decanter - September 2009

5 Stars - 2006 ISOSCELES
A sophisticated wine; silky textured and distinguished, with generous fruit, sleek tannins and a long, rich and seductive finish.

4 Stars - 2006 JUSTIFICATION

Aromatic, peppery nose with an elegant, spicy palate and satin tannins. There is a note of fresh herbs on the long and energetic finish.

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate - August 2009

93 Points - 2007 FOCUS
A gorgeous effort, the complex, dense purple-colored 2007 Focus exhibits notes of incense, spice box, Christmas fruitcake, sweet cassis, and blackberries. With terrific texture, wonderful opulence, and seductive qualities that please both the hedonistic and intellectual senses, this full-bodied wine can be enjoyed over the next 5-6 years.

The Tasting Panel - July 2009

94 Points - 2006 ISOSCELES

Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition - June 2009

Platinum Medal, Gold Medal, Best of Class, Best Meritage - 2006 ISOSCELES

Beverage Testing Institute's World Wine Championships Wine Packaging Competition - February 2009

Silver Medal, Graphic Design - 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Enthusiast - March 2009

95 Points - 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Although this Cab is quite tannic, it’s really good now. Shows impeccable balance in a New World style that oozes black and red currants, dark chocolate, licorice, cedar and plums, with a note of raw, bloody meat. Very high quality, an excellent rendition of western Paso Robles hillside Cabernet. Good through 2015, with proper cellaring. —S.H.

90 Points - 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

More elegant than powerful, this Cab is medium-bodied and dry, with a silky texture. It has pleasant cherry, red currant, cola, violet, pepper and spice flavors, and is quite food-friendly for a Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now. —S.H.

2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition



Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - November/December 2008

90 Points - 2005 ISOSCELES

Inky ruby. Impressively complex bouquet of cassis, cherry-cola, potpourri, graphite and Asian spices; lots going on here. Juicy, finely etched dark fruit flavors are sweetened by a suave vanillin oak quality and firmed by silky tannins. The spiciness carries through the long, seductively sweet finish. Showing very nicely today. - Josh Raynolds

Decanter-January 2009

4 Stars - 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

3 Stars - 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Robert Parker - December 2008

91 Points - 2004 ISOSCELES Reserve
Sweet crème de cassis, dark cherry, loamy earth, and toasty oak aromas jump from the glass of the dense ruby/purple-colored 2004 ISOSCELES Reserve (63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec). It showcases just what intelligently blended Bordeaux varietals can achieve in Paso Robles. With sweet tannin, a bold, dramatic personality, copious quantities of black fruits, and abundant body, but no sense of heaviness or astringency, this rich 2004 should be even better in 2-3 years, and will last for 10-15 years.

90 Points - 2005 JUSTIFICATION
The 2005 JUSTIFICATION, a St.-Emilion look-alike, is a blend of 64% Cabernet Franc and 36% Merlot. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by subtle notes of bay leaf, blue and black fruits, and graphite. Medium-bodied with broad, savory flavors, considerable elegance, and a spicy finish, it should drink well for 5-10 years.

Decanter-October 2008

"The most influential wine competition in the world"

USA Regional Trophy Winner - Top USA Bordeaux Blend - 2005 ISOSCELES
Earthy, toned aromas of toffee and mocha combine with a good core of black flavours with length. - Decanter Regional Chairman Stephen Brook's wine of the competition
(The best wine of all USA Gold Medal Winners!  The only American blend to win a trophy!)

Decanter - September 2008

4 Stars - 2004 ISOSCELES
"Full-flavoured, with ripe blackberry and cassis, subtle earth and leather, chewy tannins and a long, slightly herbal finish. 2009-2016." - Linda Murphy

Wine Spectator - June 2008

92 points - 2005 ISOSCELES
Smooth, rich, elegant and refined, with a tight, sleek focus on ripe, vibrant, even juicy red currant, black cherry and wild berry flavors that are impeccably balanced, ending with a long, complex finish that keeps the fruity flavors reverberating. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2015.—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.”