Lail’s “Georgia” Sauvignon Blanc, is simply one of the greatest American Sauvignon Blancs, if critical acclaim is any measure. Robin Lail’s Totem Estate vineyard was once part of Napanook Vineyard in Yountville, and this wine she named for her granddaughter is truly something to marvel at. It’s endowed with deep concentration and pristine fruit flavors, and will only grow in complexity and palate impact with time in the bottle.
This is a beauty, “offering up notions of fresh lemons, white peaches and orange blossoms with touches of wild thyme, garrigue and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied with seriously zippy acid, it has wonderful tension with very tightly knit fruit, finishing with incredible length.” - The Wine Advocate
It’s not hard to figure out why Robin Daniel Lail is making some of the most elite wines in the Napa Valley. She’s had some time to prepare. Not only did she grow up looking over her father John Daniel’s shoulder in Inglenook Winery in Rutherford, she worked for Robert Mondavi for 5 years, then in 1982, she co-founded Dominus with Christian Moueix, and in 1983, co-founded Merryvale Vineyards with Bill Harlan, where she served as President for ten years. She founded Lail in 1995. We call that a track record. Lail’s winemaker is Philippe Melka, one of the finest winemakers in our little sylvan valley, not to mention the world. He’s worked for Lail since the beginning, not to mention Dominus Estate in Rutherford and Château Petrus in Pomerol. Not exactly a lightweight, as they say.
A barrel sample, the 2017 Georgia Sauvignon Blanc comes 100% from the Totem Vineyard in Yountville, fermented and aged in 100% new French oak. It comes busting forth with notes of ripe apricots, green mango and lemon tart with touches of baking bread, fresh ginger, fennel seed, lanolin and orange blossom. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals the most incredible satiny texture with some phenolic grip, filling the mouth with spiced citrus fruits and finishing very long and very exotic. 350 cases are expected to be made.