Monday, July 27, 2009
11680 Chimney Rock Road
Paso Robles CA 93446
Justin Winery is a bit off the beaten path, but well worth the drive through the Paso Robles hills. The tasting room is right next to the Just Inn which is a lovely little European style Inn. There are beautiful English gardens that you stroll through on your way to taste wine.
The tasting room is full of great wine gifts and wine of course!
Let the tasting begin, of course with the white wines;
2008 Sauvignon Blanc**
Refreshing, bright and crisp is what this wine is all about. No oak or Malolactic is used in making this wine. Shockingly dry and almost tart, I thought this would be an excellent summer afternoon wine.
2008 Chardonnay ***
A bright chardonnay offering a hint of nutty French oak, but also fresh Myer Lemon ripe apples. Tart and complex at the same time, this was a flavorful and pleasant chardonnay, even for a non white drinker.
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon **
Generous with fruit this is a ruby red wine, that has aromas of black and red fruits and cassis. The Tannins are modest and the flavor is mildly bold. This would be an excellent wine for whatever meat you are throwing on the grill this summer.
I love the color of Syrah, its inky purple color is very regal. This wine has a peppered, slightly Jammy earthiness. Medium high tannins will keep this wine lively for years. But really who wants to wait to drink it? This would be great with more flavorful foods like Lamb, or even Grilled Salmon.
This is an iconic Bordeaux style red wine, excellent for special occasion nights. The blend of Cabernet, Cabernet Franc and Merlot give this wine a big bold flavor with notes of mocha, black fruits and chicory. Firm Tannins make this ideal for holding on to for many years. Or you could just crack it open now and enjoy with a great steak!
I have to say this was my favorite of all the Justin wines. Of course it will be different every year because the blend changes with every harvest. Justin takes all the red varietals that don’t fit into the making of the other wines and blends them together to make Orphan. This makes for a very flavorful wine, and at a reasonable price. I gave two Orphans a home on this trip.
If you become a member of Justin’s wine club (Wine Society) your tastings are free and you will receive a discount on the prices of the bottles. So when you are ready for a cruise through the hills of Paso Robles be sure to check out Justin, and tell them the Wino sent you!