Lail Vineyards

Henry IV
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 32
Vintage

2011

Lail Vineyards

Henry IV

Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

A few years ago, we began our “Henry” series of wines created exclusively for Premiere Napa Valley. The wine is named for our eldest grandson, Henry, and the varietal or point of origin changes with each vintage. History tells us that King Henry IV used (French) white wine to seduce the ladies, so we thought it fitting to make our Henry IV a Sauvignon Blanc. After all, it is made by a French-born winemaker using French techniques and a French varietal, fermented and aged in French oak barrels. Our Napa Valley fruit marries perfectly—even if the original Henry IV would rather seduce women than marry them. Enjoy the seduction!


Aging Process

Fermented and aged in 100% new French Oak for 18 months

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.45
  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Philippe Melka

Winemaker, Lail Vineyards

Winemaker, Philippe Melka

Born and raised in Bordeaux, France, I attended the University of Bordeaux graudating with a degree in geology, then a Master's degree in enology and agronomy. My first winery was Chateau Haut Brion, followed by work and study in Australia, Italy, back in France (Petrus) and finally in Napa Valley (Dominus). I began consulting in 1995, and Lail Vineyards was one of my first projects.

Country born: France

Education: I attended the University of Bordeaux graudating with a degree in geology, then a Master's degree in enology and agronomy.

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Honors / Awards:
Named by Robert Parker as one of the top nine wine consultants in the world.

Winemaking Philosophy:
Wines are made in the vineyard, with minimal intervention in the cellar.

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