In an exclusive virtual event, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery hosted a Facebook Live “Be a Winemaker For A Night,” tasting, hosted by Founder Justin Baldwin and Winemaker Scott Shirley as they took guests on a journey through how they blend their flagship wine, ISOSCELES. During the virtual tasting, both were available to guide guests through a behind-the-scenes look into the blending methods used to create JUSTIN’s ISOSCELES wine. Each winemaking selection included one bottle of 2018 ISOSCELES and three half-bottle barrel samples of the individual component wines: 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019 Merlot, and 2019 Cabernet Franc. This was the first time that JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery has made barrel samples available to sip. You can also view the tasting notes here.
Inspired by the First Growth wines on the Left Bank region of Bordeaux, most notably Chateau Margaux, Justin Baldwin began his career in the wine industry in 1981. Baldwin purchased JUSTIN® Vineyards & Winery, the 160-acre parcel and immediately planted three of the five principal Bordeaux grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. In 1987, grapes from the Estate resulted in the first wine homage to Margaux, a wine that would later become the iconic ISOSCELES Bordeaux-style blend. Today, ISOSCELES, the “Left Bank” expression and icon of the JUSTIN portfolio, is over 25 years old and is complemented by its Bordeaux-inspired “Right Bank” counterpart, JUSTIFICATION. For over a quarter-century, both luxury blends have enjoyed an incredible legacy of accolades as the hallmarks of the JUSTIN portfolio.
Since JUSTIN’s founding, Paso Robles, where the winery is located, has experienced a true renaissance, and attracted dozens of world-class winemakers seeking a similar dream. Now, 35 years later, JUSTIN is recognized as a pioneer of luxury wines on California’s Central Coast and is one of the only destinations in Paso Robles that combines the luxe ambiance of a tasting room with stunning views of its estate vineyards, an award-winning, full-service “farm-to-table” restaurant, and five-star accommodations at the JUST Inn®, all located on one property. In September 2018, JUSTIN opened a second tasting room location in the heart of Downtown Paso Robles. Highly recommend the wines and the tasting experience if you are so inclined!