Staying true to our roots
What JUSTIN and Paso Robles hold close to our hearts is its exceptional soil types. These soils, which are unique to our region, are what make our wines speak for themselves. For example, a blueberry from Oregon may taste like a blueberry from Chile, but as you may have experienced, a Cabernet from Washington will likely not taste like a Cabernet from Paso. At JUSTIN, we seek out special vineyard sites with these unique soils to help showcase the characteristics in JUSTIN wine that you’ve come to know and love.
Paso Robles has a wide variety of soils that all lend themselves to favorable traits when it comes to growing grapes and blending wine. Our Estate Vineyard is comprised of sedimentary limestone and clay, but what does that mean? To be specific, sedimentary limestone consists of layers and layers of organic minerals such as marine organisms and mineral fragments—that’s right—fossilized seashells and marine deposits. The minerals in these deposits, such as calcite and aragonite, help make a great soil composition for growing grapevines.
We are fortunate enough to have over 35 years’ experience farming and making wine from our grapevines that are embedded in these soils. We’ve come to know when to pick our rocky hilltop merlot and when we have to wait for our cabernet sauvignon to ripen. Because wine is an agricultural product, we only get one chance each year to make the best of our unique vineyard sites and special soil types in Paso Robles. Since JUSTIN’s first planting in 1981, we have gotten to know our roots in these soils pretty well, and we want to ensure the story of these soils continues to be shared.