2006 Juslyn Vineyards Red Wine Perry's Blend Spring Mountain District
Expert Ratings
RP 92-94+ points
RP 92 points
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Winemaker Craig MacLean and Juslyn Vineyards Parker's 92-point Juslyn Treasure Hunt

A recent survey confirmed our suspicions. To those of you who were kind enough to respond, thanks again for helping us get better! Here's what we learned:
1) Lots of WineAccess members manage personal cellars filled with vintage Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

2) Many buy half-cases on release.

3) 52% of those who do, pop and taste one bottle shortly after purchase, then lay the rest down for 4-5 years before uncorking a second.

4) 85% of those surveyed said they'd love to buy carefully-aged, highly-rated bottles from winery libraries, knowing that each bottle had been perfectly cared for since bottling;

5) But of that 85%, less than a quarter of those who responded said they'd pay more for library wines. As Richard M from Brooklyn commented: "Why should I pay 50% more when short-term interest rates are ZERO?"
Last month, we took Richard M's comment on a road trip. We began in Rutherford, then made the climb up Howell Mountain. We hit all the likely suspects in St. Helena before cellar-hopping on the Oakville Grade. We were 0-for-16 by the time we pulled into the driveway a few hundred feet up Spring Mountain.

Then, we hit pay dirt.

Over the past decade, few wineries in Napa Valley have drawn as many raves from Robert Parker as Perry and Carolyn Butler's Juslyn. Ever since the couple brought in the vineyard crew with picks and spades to carve Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot into a 30-degree rock pile above St. Helena, winemaker Craig MacLean's deep, dark, supple Cabernets have earned top scores in The Wine Advocate. 2006 would be a watershed year at Juslyn, with both the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and the voluptuous Perry's Blend drawn entirely from estate fruit. Parker came on like gangbusters.

The Wine Advocate said this brilliant estate-grown blend offered up "sweet aromas of red and black fruits, licorice … and toasty oak," before lobbing on a 92-94+ point score. Butler, as is his habit, sold most of the 665 case production on release, then stashed 672 bottles in the Juslyn Library -- not one of which had moved an inch before WineAccess came calling.

Ok, it wasn't easy. We had to lay it on heavy about the history of Juslyn's partnership with WineAccess, all the 'hard work' we did before the storm clouds disappeared over Napa. We spoke of the survey. The results. Of Richard M from Brooklyn and the zero percent short-term interest rates. Then, we asked Perry Butler -- just this once -- to roll back the clock on 240 bottles. Just because.


Tasting Notes

2006 Juslyn Vineyards Red Wine Perry's Blend Spring Mountain District
"All the 2006s are 100% estate cuvees. Composed of 47% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the excellent 2006 Perry's Blend offers up sweet aromas of red and black fruits, licorice, charcoal, acacia flowers, and subtle toasty oak. In the mouth, this seamless, medium to full-bodied wine reveals sweet fruit, decent acidity, and a layered mouthfeel that builds incrementally, coming across as elegant despite its substantial flavor intensity."
92-94+ points -- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate -- (December 2008)

"The 2006 Perry's Blend possesses seductive, sweet tannins (an anomaly for 2006 mountain Cabernets), a deep ruby/purple color, lots of sweet blue and black fruits, a charming elegance, medium to full-bodied flavors, excellent depth and richness, and impressive purity. Already delicious, it should evolve nicely for 10-15 years or more."
92 points -- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate -- (December 2009)


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