Napa Valley AVA
A legendary, highly esteemed producer
The story behind Juslyn Vineyards is not uncommon throughout Northern California’s Napa Valley since the area is home to a great many of America’s top-rated wineries. There are, however, a few aspects of the Juslyn story that warrant explanation.
First of all, Juslyn Vineyards’ owners, Perry and Carolyn Butler, are British expats, having arrived in California during the mid-1980’s. Perry Butler was a professionally trained (and successful) chef in England (he worked for the highly respected British hotel chain Trusthouse Forte among others) and dabbled with his wife Carolyn in the emerging hi-tech business. The couple was among a group of early high-tech pioneers and was able to purchase a struggling IT company providing IT staffing for American Airlines in San Francisco’s Bay Area that eventually became wildly successful. The couple worked hand-in-hand and their incredible work weeks (some exceeded 80 hours) were only relieved by weekend trips to nearby Napa Valley. It was there that the Butlers soon developed an intense passion for wine and the wine country lifestyle that Napa Valley afforded.
In 1997, the couple sold their computer business and transitioned to fabled Spring Mountain, one of Napa Valley’s greatest mountain AVA’s. They bought a picturesque 42 acre property near the half-way mark of Spring Mountain and settled in to begin to experience their ultimate dream of building an incredible villa and gardens along with a high quality winery facility that could produce world class wines. Drawing on their British wine enjoyment experiences (the British refer to Bordeaux wines such as Claret) the Butlers replanted their estate to a field blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of additional Bordeaux varietals, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Early on in their winery’s existence, the Butlers made the friendship of wine guru Robert Parker who utilized their sprawling villa for many of his Napa Valley wine tasting and rating sessions. Parker was already a huge fan of Juslyn Vineyards’ early wines and had already awarded them high ratings on several occasions. The name Perry’s Vineyard stuck after Parker referred to a specific wine by that name in one of his sessions and the owners took a great sense of delight in the handle.
Juslyn’s Estate vineyards consists of some eight acres on rocky hillside soils that are now approaching 20 years of existence. With the excellent drainage and rocky environment that the hillsides provide, Juslyn Vineyards is able to annually extract some three tons of fruit per acre, a formidable yield that allows for pristine fruit and incredible quality.
The Butlers credit much of their success to the hard work of their wine and grape specialists. For the vines, Juslyn takes advice from the Renteria Vineyard Management team, led by Salvador and Oscar Renteria. The father-son duo has produced outstanding grapes for many prestigious Napa Valley vineyards, and with their help, Juslyn has been able to select the most appropriate varieties for their vineyards and consistently farms the highest quality fruit.
Juslyn’s production level stands between 1000 and 1200 cases per year and figures to remain at that mark. “That’s the amount of fruit we can get from our estate grapes,” informed owner Perry Butler. “But we are exploring other possibilities for the future and intend to expand our operation. We might even consider making some of our wines utilizing different labels if the occasion arises. But, rest assured, only our estate fruit will carry the Juslyn Vineyards label.”
Juslyn Vineyards is a prime example of a winery/destination site that has been designed and sculpted to perfection. By keeping their production smallish, they have been able to control quality and are now considered as among Napa Valley’s most celebrated wineries. The winery is open by appointments only and should be a not-to-be-missed stop for any serious wine procurer who visits the idyllic valley and its surroundings.
While the Napa Valley has become somewhat crowded of late, estates like Juslyn Vineyards somehow seem to rise to the top of the heap. These are highly important to the reputation of the Napa Valley that has seen a number of changes in winery ownership and direction over the past two decades. We applaud Juslyn Vineyards for doing their thing in the right way and adding a new star to Napa Valley’s illustrious crown as California’s leading wine-growing area. We know you will enjoy this Platinum Wine Club selection, Juslyn Vineyards 2016 Perry’s Blend from Spring Mountain to its fullest and trust the experience will remain with you for some time to come. Cheers!
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Dear Platinum Wine Club Members
In 1997 my wife Carolyn and I set out on a journey to make one of the Napa Valley's finest Bordeaux styled blends from our 7 acres of exceptional vineyards on Spring Mountain, one of the highest regarded mountain appellations in the Napa Valley. We cleared the land and planted from scratch. It was amazing to keep finding horse shoes and trellis work in the ground. After a little research we found out that Charles Krug originally owned the land and planted some award winning vineyards that was part the dowry of Caroline Bale, when she married Krug in 1860.
Even then, it was recognized as prime mountain vineyard land. A Cabernet Sauvignon from these vineyards, made by Hannah Weinberger, won one of the first awards for a wine from the Napa Valley in 1889. Over a hundred years later here we are. Our winemaker was also a Mondavi/Krug for this vintage. Also female. History repeats itself. Wow!
Please enjoy this wine from Napa history with the current release of our 2016 Perry's Blend. Could not be more proud to be stewards of this amazing piece of land.
Over the past 16 vintages our Perry's Blend has rated consistently between 90 and 95 points and has been a favorite of some of the world's top wine critics and collectors. The 2016 vintage was one of a string of incredible vintages in the Napa Valley and we are proud to present the 2016 Perry's Blend to the Platinum Club members.
We have selected this blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot entirely from our Spring Mountain Estate. We hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoyed making it.
Perry & Caroline Butler