Mystic Hills Vineyard

Often we speak about vineyards that when you step through the tasting room doors it feels like you are at home.  At Mystic Hills Vineyard in the Paso Robles area you truly are in the home of the owners, Joel and Judy Cox.  Joel has been highly successful in the movie industry as a film editor for the last 40 years and reaching retirement age, he and his wife Judy decided to step into a family dream and pursue a passion of making wine.  Both love the Paso Robles region and in 2004 Joel and Judy purchased 14 acres in King Ranch in San Miguel.  Neither had experience with growing vines or making wines but that didn't stop them.  Joel being a jack of all trades as well as a perfectionist and with Judy managing the winery and actively taking courses at UC Davis and College of the Canyons on viticulture, they make a perfect team.  Shortly after purchasing the property, they planted Bordeaux varietals which is a style of wine that Joel loves.

To make this team even stronger, Keith Roberts, Wente Vineyards manager for 39 years as a winemaker, saw their vines and realizing how passionate they were about their dream, joined them offering his skills and expertise in making wine.  In 2013 Joel and Judy purchased nine additional acres and rumor has it, they are planning on growing white Bordeaux varietals on this land.  So why is the winery called Mystic Hills?  It was named after the mystique of this land being covered with an early morning blanket of fog.  This natural occurrence led Judy to come up the the name, Mystic Hills, per Joel that's how the vineyard got its named.  It was not named for the movie, Mystic River, another film that Joel worked on, as many think. 

Listening to Joel and Judy, you quickly sense the excitement of their past as well as their present path.  Joel is highly recognized in the film industry having won an Oscar for film editing on the movie "Unforgiven" starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris. Before and since Unforgiven, Joel has edited many films that have involved Clint Eastwood.  His success in the film industry can be seen by his multiple nominations and awards for many highly acclaimed movies.  Judy stays busy being the office manager for Mystic Vineyard, but also helped to co-found a nonprofit organization for woman and children. 

The wines being produced at Mystic Hills Vineyard are based on Bordeaux varietals.  Mystic Hills Vineyard consist of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petite Verdot.  Joel also believes in keeping the wine in oak barrels for three years producing wines that are softer and smoother on the palate. 

Following are the wines available at Mystic Hills:

·         2013 H.E.A.R.T.S. Rose -  this wine is made in honor of the six grandchildren (Heather, Emma, Alexandra, Rachael, Tyler and Savanna).  The rose is made with Cabernet Sauvignon (67%), Merlot (24%) and Cabernet Franc (9%).  Beautiful Rose using Bordeaux varietals. 

·         2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet Sauvignon (100%).  This is a perfect Cabernet and drinks like it should cost a lot more.  This is a spectacular inexpensive Cabernet.  Beautiful dark fruits such as plums with firm tannins that are beautifully integrated along with well balanced acidity. 

·         2012 Gran Trio - Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Cabernet Franc (20%) and Merlot (20%). The palate is greeted by flavors of cherry and cranberry leading up to a nice finish.

·         2012 Unforgiven - Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (15%), Cabernet Franc (15%), Petite Verdot (15%), Malbec (5%).  Now for the Crème de la Crème, the 2012 Unforgiven.  This is a spectacular wine, whether you call it a Bordeaux, Meritage or Claret, it is downright delicious.  This is a full bodied wine with flavors of dark cherry and dark fruits along with firm yet well integrated silky tannins. 


·  2012 Unforgiven -

         2016 New York International Wine Competition - Gold 

         2016 San Diego International Wine Challenge - Platinum 

        2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition, Best of Class, Gold 

·  2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

        2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition - Bronze 

·  2012 Gran Trio

       2016 New York International Wine Competition - Bronze 

       2016 San Diego International Wine Challenge - Gold 

       2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition - Bronze 

·  2014 H.E.A.R.T.S Rose

       2016 New York International Wine Competition - Silver 

       2016 San Diego International Wine Challenge - Silver  

This is quite a display showing that this winery has hit the ground running...  and to think they have only had wines available to the public for "TWO YEARS"!  This is a boutique winery that is truly putting their heart and soul into each bottle.  Does this provide any insight into the future wines from Mystic Hills?  This winery is like getting a tip on the stock market, take advantage and jump on board!  You will be totally surprised at what Joel and Judy are producing.


Rusty Sly