Winemaker, J. Moss
Julie Hagler Lumgair, is a highly awarded consulting and hands-on luxury tier winemaker and winegrower with fifteen vintages and 23 varietals of fine wines made in eight of Napa Valley's world-class AVA's, Italy, and Sonoma's famed Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill AVA's.
Her calling cards are consistently producing wines that garner acclaim, distinct vineyard expressions, excellence in operations and a passionate attention to customer delight and relationships. Julie's wines have consistently achieved over thirty 90 to 95+ scores from critics including Robert Parker / The Wine Advocate, James Suckling, Wine Enthusiast, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine & Spirits and industry press. Her wines have been awarded "Top Ten" and "Year's Best" lists and over 50 Sweepstakes, Best of Show, Best of Class and Double Gold for a variety of her "full-bodied, impressive purity, density, richness...high-class" (RP) wine styles.
Her wine industry track record is complimented by 15 years as a Fortune 500 brand management senior executive with a sound understanding of the marketplace. She currently serves on the Board of The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, the Innovation + Quality (IQ) Conference and since 2013 has been Chair of the Napa / Sonoma Winemaking & Viticultural Roundtable of Women for Winesense. She is an active member of Napa Valley Wine Technical Group and served on NVWTG Board for three years.
Julie joined the J Moss team for Chardonnay in vintage 2010 and became consulting winemaker for the growing portfolio in vintage 2012. Proprietor / Winemaker James Moss noted "Julie has been a great addition to J. Moss as we refine and expand our artisan wine portfolio and sourcing from some of Napa Valley's finest family vineyards."
Country born: USA
Education: Julie's philosophy is one of life-long learning. She grew up farming, learning sensory science in her first career, then applying those lessons along with "roll up the sleeves" technical and analytical skills learned from many renowned mentors in the vineyards and cellars while studying in formal continuing education (U.C. Davis, technical organizations and publications).
As she launched and grew her first winery, she had the opportunity to sell over 300 tons of grapes per vintage to over 30 different wineries, and was fortunate to make 7 of those clients' wines in her cellar. Combined with her own vineyard and cellar trials, this collective wisdom comparing multiple winemaker's approaches on the same vineyard blocks over 8 vintages was a revelation, deeply informing her style and ongoing trials to this day.
Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years
Honors / Awards:
WS 2015 "Premiere Napa Valley Dazzling Cabs" (Top 9 of 225 auction lots)
W&S 2012 Year's Best Sauv Blancs (#3, 91 pts."Exceptional")
W&S 2013 "Year's Best Red Blends" (91 pts. "plush, delicious")
Numerous Cabs, Pinots, Sauv Blanc & Red Blends 90 TO 95+ pts. RP WA WS JL JS JD WE.
RP/WA 2016 95+ pts. "full-bodied, impressive purity, density, richness. High-class"
8 Best of Show/Sweepstakes, 40+ Best of Class, Double Golds & Golds
AMA's National Gold Effie and Gold Edison Awards
For this fifth generation family farmer, optimizing precise vineyard expression and the full beauty of each wine and vintage is realized by carefully "following the field" and "listening to the barrels," nurturing them on the journey.
Her couture winemaking approach is precise and hands-on, vine to table, tailoring each detail and decision to act, or patiently wait, to guide the wine style in harmony with the ever-changing agricultural environment.
Thoughtful and creative plans for each wine, individually tailored by clone, block, varietal and vintage, add up over time to a portfolio of elegant, age-worthy wines with a stylistic thread driven by notable aromatics, rich textures and layered delivery.