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Rating: B-C
May 1st, 2009
11680 Chimney Rock Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Phone: 805 238 6932

Hours: 10am - 5pm

Club/Discounts: Justin Wine Society, 20% Discount

Tasting Fees: $5 for 5 (Includes Glass)

Back to Justin with a complimentary pass from a friend that works there. The main tasting room is set up more like a retail wine store, with stacks of wine and efficient pourer taking you through the wines before the tour begins. After driving further up the hill to the winery processing area, the tour started outside under their tent - great spot except for the ran. The tour guide Jim was very knowledgable about the history of Justin, and once we got through the initial winemaking steps, we walked through their facilty. at first it looked like a group of brightly coloured buildings we entered into their barrel room. they exploded the caves out of the hillside and the tunnels are stacked high with barrels on all sides. At the end of the tunnel is the small banquet room for reserve member parties and holds the wineries own collection of Isoceles - we were hoping to be locked in for the night. an attached lounge and B&B offer plenty of options to relax for members without taking the tour. Worth a visit on a dry day. May 18, 2008: Justin is definitely famous for the Isosceles, and we specifically drove to the winery to check out their famous Bordeaux style blend. So we were very disappointed when they would not pour us any in the tasting room. We were told it is for members only, and if we want to try it, we need to join the club. Not a good start. The winery itself is definitely the "trendiest" that we saw in Paso Robles. It has a restaurant and an inn and caters to a large crowd. We were more interested in the wine though as you would expect. The grounds are beautiful, the service is average and it gets busy. We bought a bottle of Isosceles and sat on the lawn drinking it which was not a bad compromise. We left somewhat disappointed though.

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2005 Isosceles ($62)Rating: C
May 18th, 2008
78% Cabernet, 15% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot. Absolutely the best wine of the winery and what Justin is famous for. We bought half a bottle (for $33) and sat on the lawn drinking it. As we drank it kept getting better in the glass. It definitely needs time and I would like to come back to it in a few years. Lots of fruit upfront and good tannins. Good structure
2006 Isoceles ($62)Rating: B-C
May 1st, 2009
Left bank Bordeaux style blend - signature wine. Good structure and depth with softer fruit and a finely balanced finish that should improve further over time - would like to taste this again in a few years.
2006 Savant ($45)Rating: B-C
May 1st, 2009
Bold chewy fruit. Mediumfinish lots of dark cherries.
2005 Syrah ($26)Rating: B
May 18th, 2008
Good fruit. Not a bad syrah. A little spice. Easy every day drinker
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon ($26)Rating: B
May 18th, 2008
"Strawberries on the nose". Another average wine that is easy to drink. You'd get bored if you had too much of it. Wouldn't hold long
2006 Orphan ($18)Rating: B
May 18th, 2008
It just felt great to move away from the terrible whites, so this wine was a palate cleanser. Easy to drink. Average wine at a decent price
2006 Reserve Tempranillo ($45)Rating: B
May 1st, 2009
Big nose, "Spicy". Has decent structure to help pull out the flavous, but still shorter than I would like for this price. Supposed to be "Smooth, sexy and feminine"
2007 Orphan ($19)Rating: B
May 1st, 2009
Red table wine blended from the remnants of the other labels. Mostly Cab that is easy to approach with juicy fruit up front and a nice balance through the finish. Not a long finish and probably not one for aging.
2008 Sauvignon Blanc ($15)Rating: B
May 1st, 2009
Crisp and lightly refreshing with citrus and pear tones. Needs to be served colder on a hot sunny day.
2006 Syrah ($28)Rating: A-B
May 1st, 2009
Spicy at first and then drops off, not a keeper.
2008 Chardonnay ($20)Rating: A-B
May 1st, 2009
Only single fermentation, but still pretty oaky - not for me.
2007 Chardonnay ($19)Rating: A
May 18th, 2008
Again tart. Rough start to the day. Stay away from the whites at Justin. Flat out poor
2007 Sauvignon Blanc ($15)Rating: A
May 18th, 2008
Ouch. Don't waste your money. Very tart and hard to drink. "Acidic"

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