Lail Vineyards

Henry VIII
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley

2018 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 22 | Lot No. 32
Vintage: 2016

Lail Vineyards

Henry VIII

Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • 100% single vineyard, from Totem Estate Vineyard in Yountville
  • 100% fermented and aged in 100% new French oak for 18 months
  • 100% exquisite


Lail Vineyards proudly presents Henry VIII. Several years ago, we began our "Henry" series of wines that are created exclusively for Premiere Napa Valley. The wine celebrates our eldest grandson, Henry Thomas Dixon. To celebrate Henry, for the past five vintages we have selected the best of the best barrels from our flagship Sauvignon Blanc called "Georgia" (his sister). The tiny three-acre estate vineyard in Yountville is called Totem Vineyard, named in honor of a Pacific Northwest totem pole owned by Gustave Niebaum, founder of Inglenook Vineyards. Dry farmed, Totem Vineyard was planted in 1988 and grafted over years ago to Sauvignon Blanc at the recommendation of our winemaker, Philippe Melka. Henry VIII Sauvignon Blanc is from the outstanding 2016 vintage and is seductive, succulent, mouthwatering and complex, with a brilliant, unforgettable finish.

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Wine was dry farmed
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

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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