This beauty opens with stone fruit, honey and floral notes. A crisp palate of lime zest, melon and pear balanced with vibrant acidity gives this wine verve and zip. When you are popping the outstanding Sauv Blancs the Valley has to offer, make sure to add this one to your list.
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.
This white is fermented in French oak barrels, 30% of them new, and then aged in stainless steel -- offering the best of both worlds. Quenching flavors of stone fruit highlight a rounded, rich palate, dusted in dried herb and earth.