Auction 22 | Lot No. 10
Ethel Lewelling Taplin
5 cases produced
- This wine is from grapes grown on land farmed by our family for more than 150 years
- Canopy management of our vineyard in a western alluvial fan is the foundation of our winemaking
- At this 2016 harvest, we passed eight times through the vineyard to capture every cluster at its peak
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 22 months in 100% new French oak barrels
In the late 1800s, Ethel Lewelling Taplin had a favorite spot in her family farm. That place is precisely the block from which this wine comes. A thoughtful, diligent woman, she lived the history of Napa Valley - grapes, to walnuts, through turkeys and back to grapes in her lifetime. Year after year, in this block that now bears her name, we see perfect berries that concentrate flavor. We strive to represent a sense of place in our wines, and place is invariably a result of time. When we say we pour history in every glass … we mean it.
- Wine is unfiltered
- Single vineyard wine
- Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
Winemaker, Taplin Cellars
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
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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