Again, Monsieur Melka has crafted one of Napa’s most decadent and expressive Sauvignon Blancs. Sourced from a 3-acre, dry-farmed estate vineyard in Yountville, this is a wine of unprecedented depth and complexity. Aged in 100% French oak for captivating vanilla bean and brioche roundness alongside intense apricot and lemon, this high-point peach is sure to stay on your mind.
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.
What a complex nose this has, offering aromas of honeysuckle, hawthorn, smoke, dried apple and lime curd. Hints of spice and ginger. It’s full-bodied, creamy and elegant. Wonderfully balanced elements of ripe fruit and toast, dried herb and spice. Fantastic. Drink or hold.
Coming from a dry-farmed, three-acre vineyard in Yountville, the 2018 Georgia Sauvignon Blanc was fermented and aged for 19 months in French oak barrels, 70% new. It slides seductively out of the glass with notes of pink grapefruit, white peaches and lemon drops plus hints of coriander seed, mandarin peel and honeysuckle. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a gorgeous satiny texture with intense stone fruit and citrus layers supplemented by loads of savory and mineral nuances, finishing long with a zesty lift.