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A taste of Paso Robles, Justin Isosceles Reserve 2005 reviewed!

  • Apr 20, 2009

My wife and I first visited Justin just last year, toured the facilities and became members of the Justin Wine Society. This was not something we did lightly, but being so impressed with the caliber of the the red wines and the fact that you are unable to purchase the Isosceles Reserve from Justin unless you are a Wine Society Member.

So with that little bit of arm twisting we decided to sign on the dotted line. Now we had not tasted the "Reserve" but had tasted the Non-Reserve bottling while at a wine-makers dinner hosted by the Wine Vault Bistro here in San Diego. We loved this Bordeaux type variety so much we reasoned the "reserve" had to be so much better! It was a good bet and paid off in spades!

The only wine I really don't think too highly of from Justin is their Chardonnay. I've had it on several occasions and I just don't think it's a good representation of what a Chardonnay should be like, that aside we really love the caliber of wine coming from Justin, a star on the Paso Robles wine trail.

The first time we drank this wine, we were celebrating my wife's birthday, so we dressed to the "nines" and took our Isosceles 2005 Reserve along for the ride to one of our favorite restaurants in town, Donovans Steak & Chop House Steakhouse San Diego, CA 92101. Which by the way if you've never been to Donovans for dinner and you live or are visiting San Diego, this place flat out rocks for service and the quality of the food.

So we get there a bit early before the time of our reservation and with our bottle in tow, the hostess offers to hold on to it for us and will place it on the table for us. So whilst waiting, we reclined in the bar and the restaurant manager seeing our wine at the hostess station, exclaimed out loud "who brought this wonderful wine" my wife and I looked over in surprise to see her hoisting our bottle of Justin Isosceles 2005 Reserve high in the air. We acknowledged somewhat timidly, that we had brought in that label as a companion for our forthcoming meal [thinking by her tone, that we maybe is some kind of trouble].

But as we approached the hostess station, she began to extol her love for the Justin Isosceles and engaged us with small talk about Paso and the wonderful wine scene there, we couldn't agree more. Our trip to Justin and the Paso wine scene helped us broaden our palates and appreciation for the diverse wines coming from the area.

If you are not familiar with Justin, take the time to get to know their wines and if you are in the area it's well worth a visit. They make some fantastic wines and your palate won't be disappointed and your wallet will still have a few dollars in it afterward as well.

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April 11, 2010
October is a great time to go; the harvest will be in full swing, ripened grapes hanging heavily upon the vines and great picture opportunities abound. Also not that busy in the tasting rooms. If I were you I would definitely visit Eastside : RN Estate [ask for Roger, make appointment] and J Lohr. [their school house tasting room]. Westside: This is where it gets great: L'Adventure, Four Vines, Turley, Denner, Linne calodo, Tablas Creek, Lone Madrone and of course Justin. Hope you have a great time and there's no way you'll be disappointed if you stop at any of the above wineries, they are all world-class!
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 When we started there were less than 10 wineries in the area."

JUSTIN Winery is a family owned and operated winery making estate grown and produced wines. The property was founded in 1981 by Justin and Deborah Baldwin when they planted their 160 acre property to the major Bordeaux varietals and created their Estate vineyard.

The winery is located in the Paso Robles appellation of California's Central Coast. The region's first grapes were planted in 1779 by Franciscan missionaries and today are home to the third highest concentration of wineries in the United States.

Their desire is to make world class wines that reflect the unique soils and climate of their California Central Coast property. Emphasis is placed on making Bordeaux-style blends and single varietals, combining Old World tradition with New World techniques.

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