Region: Spring Mountain, Napa, CA
From one of the most private and highly regarded wineries in the Spring Mountain District comes this gorgeous rosé. A delicate salmon in color, this wine has a generous nose of bright, fresh red fruits such as strawberries, cranberries and an underlying earthiness in the form of red beets. Aromas and flavors of hearty herbs and eucalyptus blend with peaches, wild strawberries and vanilla cream. Additionally, hints of leather and mint sneak into the equation. With moderate tannin and a semi-lengthy finish, this is an overall more complex and intriguing rosé that deserves to be savored.
Says Robert Parker: “As proprietors Perry and Carolyn Butler move toward virtually all estate fruit from their 7 acres on the slopes of Spring Mountain, the quality of their wines has increased dramatically. Juslyn has been a solid performer for many years, but the most recent vintages exhibit a profound rise in quality, yet prices remain realistic for high end Napa wines.”
Grapes60% Cabernet Franc; 38% Merlot; 2% Petit Verdot
RegionSpring Mountain District, Napa Valley, CA
AgeabilityChill well and enjoy now.
British ex-patriots Carolyn and Perry Butler both enjoyed successful careers in the computer industry before eventually realizing their dream of opening a winery in the Napa Valley. The Butlers’ have long been committed to charitable giving and this is exemplified by their policy of donating 50% of their proceeds to the Emma Jacobs Breast Cancer Research Foundation at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX. Additionally, 100% of proceeds of their special edition wine, Rescue, goes to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation.
Winemaker Craig MacLean joined the Juslyn team in 1997 after gaining experience at some notable Napa Valley wineries. Craig earned his Master’s degree from the University of California, Davis in 1987 and shortly after accepted the position of Assistant Winemaker at Markham Vineyards. From there he worked at Cain Vineyard & Winery as Winemaker where he earned his first 90+ rating. He then joined the team at the historic Spring Mountain Vineyard where he created two vintages before beginning his own consulting business, MacLean Wines.
Spring Mountain AVA, established in 1993, is located on the Mayacamas Mountains and is comprised of almost equal parts volcanic and sedimentary soil. As most of the vineyards lie above the fog line, mornings tend to warm quickly and in the afternoon are cooled by winds from the Pacific Ocean. However, when compared to the microclimate on the valley floor, the Spring Mountain District has less varied temperatures with typically cooler days and warmer nights.
The 2011 vintage was wet and rainy though mid-June, interrupting bloom and resulting in a smaller crop size. The long, cool season was punctuated with Autumn rains well before most wineries had completed harvest. Though expectations for the vintage were low, the vineyards exceeded expectations and produced fruit that was balanced and bright. A lower-yielding vintage, 2011 nevertheless holds promise for elegant, well-structured wines.
See an aerial view of this gorgeous property here! This is truly a gorgeous estate and a great experience for your private tasting.