Wine Spectator Magazine
In 2017, The Restaurant At JUSTIN celebrated its 11th consecutive Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
“Justin Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles, Calif. –
Founded by Justin Baldwin in 1981, with vineyards planted in rich limestone soil and the first commercial vintage released in 1986, Justin is famous most of all for its Isoceles — a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and merlot (first made in 1987) in what is designed to be a Médoc style, a wine that has become arguably the region's definitive Bordeaux blend (and one, incidentally, that is priced considerably below most Napa Valley wines with similar intentions). Cabernet in a number of expressions remains the focus for Justin, but winemakers Fred Holloway and Scott Shirley also produce a cabernet/syrah blend with a dash of grenache called Savant, a full-bodied (and pricey) syrah labeled Focus, and an unexpectedly lithe 100 percent petit verdot, among other reds, plus very nice sauvignon blanc and chardonnay — all of which add up to make Justin one of the premier properties in this wine-rich locale.”
“Quality and comfort are synonymous in Paso. If planning a wine adventure this summer, this laid back region may be ideal for you. From the newly remodeled “Just Inn” at Justin Winery, to the inviting Paso Robles Inn, or one of the quaint B&B’s in town, Paso is designed for relaxing. Add in chefs who focus on farm-to-table cuisine, and this wine country destination has become a favorite for wine lovers and travelers.”
Bergen County the Magazine
JUSTIN ISOSCELES 2014 (Paso Robles) – Cabernet Sauvignon doesn’t simply make for an elegant stand-alone varietal wine; it’s often the backbone to red blends, from French Bordeaux to Californian Meritage. Isosceles represents JUSTIN’s longtime effort at styling a wine that blends the uncompromising detail of Bordeaux First Growth with the character and brightness of Central Coast winemaking. The result is a deep, dark and intensely aromatic wine (emphasized further by the hot, dry and early harvest 2014 growing year). Yet the 73% Cabernet Sauvignon wine (rounded with Cabernet Franc and Merlot) is also lush, approachable and elegantly balanced. Pair with braised oxtail in a port wine sauce and pan-fried brussel sprouts risotto.
WINE & SPIRITS 28th Annual Restaurant Poll
- JUSTIN Wines: #9 Most Popular Wines in America’s Top Restaurants and
- JUSTIN Cabernet Sauvignon: #15 By The Glass – The center of brand disruption on high-end restaurant lists
- JUSTIN Cabernet Sauvignon: #8 Most Popular Cabernet Sauvignon
"No guide to Paso Robles is complete without the winery that put it on the map: JUSTIN. The primary tasting room grounds have been recently renovated, and the result is a very clean, airy, polished space. Tour their winemaking facilities just down the road from the tasting room, where knowledgeable and friendly staff guide you through the man-made cave system that houses much of their wine. Try: The 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is bold, juicy and a definite crowd-pleaser. Stay for lunch — their kitchen turns out beautiful meals and the $25 Icons Tasting Flight allows you to experience three of their best releases: 2014 Justification, 2014 Savant (a favorite), and 2013 Isosceles. "
Food & Wine Magazine
“Over its more than 35 years in operation, this Central Coast winery, once named Wine Enthusiast’s “Winery of the Year,” has become well-known for its Bordeaux-style wines. Their top vintages are featured, alongside many other selections from around the world, at The Restaurant at JUSTIN. Helmed by executive chef Will Torres, a California School of Culinary Arts graduate, the restaurant’s seasonally changing menus often highlight produce grown on the estate itself — from an “Estate Garden Salad” of house-grown vegetables to an Angus skirt steak with lovage-smoked jalapeño chimichurri, an ideal pairing for their much-loved red blend “Isosceles.”