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.