The 2020 JUSTIN Rosé is a dry, aromatic, refreshing wine that reminds us that while rosé is
great on a hot summer day, it is also a versatile wine worth reaching for all year long. A Rosé of
mostly syrah that is whole cluster pressed and fermented like a white wine, it shows a beautiful
salmon color in the glass with bright red fruit, crisp apple and subtle herbal notes.
2020 started with a dry, cool winter with normal budbreak at the end of March. Spring
temperatures fluctuated between cool and warm weather with flowering progressing well for all
varieties. Our first hot weather came in late May, a few weeks earlier than normal, and things
continued to fluctuate until late July when veraison occurred. Intense heat began in late July and
early August, continuing into September requiring intensive canopy management and the
strategic use of shade cloth to protect our fruit during one of the warmest Augusts and early
September periods that we had seen in many years. The fruit for the JUSTIN Rosé was
specifically farmed to give optimum flavor maturity and ripeness so it could be picked a bit earlier
to give the refreshing, lighter style essential to a classic Rosé.
About Justin Winery
OUR VINEYARDS – We planted our first vineyard back in 1981 with a mission to make world-class Bordeaux-style blends. Since then, we’ve expanded both our knowledge of viticulture in this unique region as well as our acreage.
SOIL – Rich in fossilized limestone from eons of marine deposits, JUSTIN’s soil is ideally suited to creating big, Bordeaux-style reds. The limestone “stresses” the vines, producing grapes that fully express their varietal character.
CLIMATE – Paso Robles’ distinctive microclimate offers the widest day-night temperature swings of any grape-growing region in California. The hot days allow the grapes to develop intense flavor, while the cool nights create great structure and balance.
OUR WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY
At JUSTIN, we combine traditional Old World methods—like hand-harvesting and small-barrel aging in French oak—with New World technology. For example: the “Air Knife,” an ingenious process invented by our winemakers, boosts grape quality and efficiency.
Once the grapes are harvested, our winemakers—some of the best in the business—gather to sort, select, age, taste, blend and decide what goes into every bottle.