The Butlers

Carolyn  and  Perry  Butler  are  the  property  and  entity owners. The  British expats arrived in  California in the 1980's as high-tech pioneers and founded a company in the San Francisco Bay  Area. After routine 80- hour workweeks, the couple relaxed during weekend trips to Napa Valley, where they were bitten by the wine bug. Dreams of high-tech dominance soon turned to thoughts of returning to the land and grape growing. In 1997, their dream became a reality when Perry and Carolyn sold their computer business and founded Juslyn Vineyards on a site overlooking the renowned Spring Mountain winery. Since then, there has been no turning back. Perry and Carolyn are committed to making the best wines possible in the heart of Napa Valley's Spring Mountain District.

Vineyard Preparation

Developing their vineyards in the rocky soils of Spring Mountain proved that wine was truly their labor of love. The vineyards were originally planted in the 1860's as part of Caroline Bale's dowry when she married Charles Krug. It was sold and went dormant sometime between the Phylloxera epidemic of the 1900's and Prohibition in the 1920's. The vineyard returned to its state as a native forest and remained that way for more than 70 years. After planting their estate to a field blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot (for color). In 1997, The Butlers achieved their first estate Cabernet release of just 80 cases in 2000.
In 2001, the Butlers were able to increase the production to 170 cases of wine that displays elegance in the style of premier cru Bordeaux. Each estate vintage thereafter has been more productive, and, now, 25 years of vine maturation benefits them with about 3-3.5 +/- tons per acre from their 6 +/- acre hillside vineyard. Every vintage becomes more exciting as the Butlers have experienced firsthand the future of Juslyn Vineyards right here at their home.

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