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Lail Georgia Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

It displays unprecedented depth and complexity, amazing texture, and a long lingering finish. Lail Vineyards was the first winery in the New World to produce a Sauvignon Blanc in this complex and captivating style, beginning with the 2002 vintage. The proprietary name celebrates the first member of the sixth generation of our family’s winemaking in Napa Valley, Georgia Eileen.

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V 95
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The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Georgia is another fabulous wine from Robin Lail. In 2017, the Georgia is decidedly less unctuous than it has been. That is not at all a bad thing. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint and orchard fruit flesh out in this super-expressive, nuanced Sauvignon Blanc. All the elements simply fall into place. A move towards larger format oak and lower toasted levels really allow the fruit from Lail's Totem Vineyard in Yountville site to speak with clarity.
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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2017 Georgia Sauvignon Blanc was fermented and aged 18 months in 100% new French oak and comes from vineyards in Yountville. It comes pirouetting out of the glass with gorgeous honeyed white peaches, pink grapefruit and lime blossoms notes plus hints of crushed stones, wild thyme and cedar. Medium-bodied, the palate reveals a compelling satiny texture with super-intense flavors and loads of layers, finishing long and honey laced. 402 cases produced. Rating: 94+

CG 94
Connoisseurs' Guide

Fermented and aged in new French oak barrels for a full yearand-a-half, there is simply nothing else quite like Lail’s flagship Sauvignon Blanc, and the latest version remains one of California’s most complex and involving examples to be found. It reins in the variety’s grassier traits and opts for stone fruits, flowers and sweet lemon curd with inklings of freshly baked bread, and it is both full and firm in balance with terrific fruity stamina and tactile length. If not inexpensive, it is remarkably sophisticated stuff and there is little question but that it will only grow and become even more interesting yet if allowed to rest in the cellar for another half-dozen years and, perhaps, more.

JD 94
Jeb Dunnuck

A step up, the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Georgia comes all from the Totem Vineyard and was fermented and aged in slightly more new French oak and aged longer as well. It's a richer, more complex Sauvignon Blanc and offers beautiful ripe citrus, orange blossom, quince, and brioche notes. With some distinct minerality, medium to full body, terrific length, and just loads of character, it's another class act from this team.

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From the somewhat mysterious beginning of the focused and dedicated Gustav Niebaum, through the supervisory interim years of John Daniel, Sr., to the innovative period of John Daniel, Jr., the early history of Inglenook has its fascinations. When John Daniel, Jr., third-generation owner and manager of Inglenook Vineyards, sold the winery in 1964, he thought it was the end of a family tradition that started in Napa Valley in 1879. But history is full of surprises. The Niebaum-Daniel odyssey did not die, but was picked up by Daniel's daughter, Robin Daniel Lail, and her husband, Jon. It was Jon who urged the family to move back to Napa Valley from the Bay Area, and Jon who first returned to the wine business in 1970. Then in 1977 Robin joined the Robert Mondavi Winery, working as Robert Mondavi's assistant for the next five years. In 1982 she co-founded the John Daniel Society with her sister and Christian Moueix to produce Dominus from a vineyard originally part of the Inglenook estate. In 1983 she co-founded Merryvale Vineyards with a group of partners including her husband. The real return to tradition began when Robin sold her interests in Dominus and Merryvale in 1995, and with her family started Lail Vineyards. This venture is dedicated to producing a single proprietary red wine which will rank among the finest wines in the world. While Jon and Shannon Lail are ambassadors at large for the venture, Erin Lail joined the winery in 1998 as the Director of Operations, representing the fifth generation in this ongoing family history. Since the inaugural release of the 1995 J. Daniel Cuvee, the Lails have brought an historic presence and patina to each bottle of wine as they re-kindle their family's winemaking tradition. Production is very limited and the focus on excellence is unrelenting.
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One of Napa Valley's most historic sub-appellations, Yountville spreads through some of the valley's ideal cooler sites and enjoys success with a handful of different and significant grape varieties.

Syrah competes strongly with Cabernet Sauvignon here for optimal vineyard real estate followed by Pinot noir, Pinot blanc and Sauvignon blanc.

This sub-AVA of Napa Valley is rich in the history that makes Napa Valley what it is today, and not just for red wines. Moët & Chandon entered the California winemaking business via Yountville in 1973 with the establishment Domaine Chandon. Their goal has always been to produce top quality méthode champenoise sparkling wines.

Christian Moueix, originally responsible for managing Chateau Petrus and La Fleur-Petrus in Pomerol, arrived in Yountville in the early 1980s. He formed a partnership with Rohin Lail and Marcia Smith, inheritors of Napanook vineyard from their father John Daniel of Inglenook in Rutherford. In 1995 Moueix became sole owner of Napanook and chose the name Dominus, which today produces some of Napa’s highest scoring, age-worthy Bordeaux Blends.

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