Taplin Cellars

E. Lewelling Taplin
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena

2021 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 25 | Lot No. 119


Taplin Cellars

E. Lewelling Taplin

Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena

5 cases produced


  • What did we do when we discovered a different terroir within our 155-year-old estate?
  • We adapted our farming practices to the site
  • We selected the rows that gave us impeccable fruit
  • Then we decided to age the wine for 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels

A very rocky section of the land Ethel Lewelling Taplin inherited has always been treasured by the family and it became a surprise as a vineyard. Under gravely soil lies an ancient riverbed where the rocks go deeper than in the rest of the Estate. In 2019, a warm summer characterized by morning fog and evenly warm afternoons allow the fruit to ripen in uniform clusters. Perfect Opportunity! This wine comes from selected rows at the center of this vineyard, where is rockier. It is aged for 2 years in a mild toasted barrel of new French Oak, that gives a smooth finish to a lush full wine.

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced

Julien Fayard

Winemaker, Taplin Cellars

Winemaker, Julien Fayard

Julien Fayard gained his knowledge and defined his core winemaking style from working at grand Chateaux in France such as Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Lafitte. In Napa Valley, he's worked alongside renowned winemaker Philippe Melka. He has come to be a Napa Valley veteran after more than 10 years of working with some of the most highly acclaimed and sought after wines from the Napa Valley.

Country born: France

Education: I have a master's degree in agribusiness from the Agriculture University at Angers, a Master in Enology from Toulouse. I am completing his MBA at UC Davis in Entrepreneurship and Business.

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
I am a terroir-centric winemaker looking for the essence and signature of a place. I prefer easing a wine forward over aggressive intervention. The magic for me is getting to know each vintage through the year, the harvest, and the fermentations so that I can consistently let the wine express that year and that place.

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