Taplin Cellars

Ethel Lewelling Taplin Vineyard
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena

2015 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 19 | Lot No. 206
Vintage: 2013

Taplin Cellars

Ethel Lewelling Taplin Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena

5 cases produced


  • With this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from land held in our family since 1864, we pour history into every glass
  • This is the inaugural release from our collaboration with Julien Fayard
  • Sourced from specific rows within our 28 acres on the western table south of St. Helena
  • Julien had complete control from vine to wine, and we aged this lot in 100% French oak for 18 months


This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon comes from land we hold as descendents of John Lewelling and John Taplin. Our grandparents joined the two families that were both settlers of Napa Valley in the mid 1800s. Lewellings grew fruit and grapes. Taplins moved their dairy to Napa Valley when San Francisco got too crowded. They drove cattle along the Silverado Trail and delivered milk to St Helena. On this historical foundation we are building a future that emphasizes the terroir that is in our blood and captures each unique vintage in our bottles. We are proud to offer this lot as the first expression of our approach; a vintage where Julien had complete control and used his nuturing style to express the full body, dark berry flavors, multiple layers of minerality, and hint of mint that characterizes Appellation St Helena.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Julien Fayard

Winemaker, Taplin Cellars

Winemaker, Julien Fayard

With more than two decades of winemaking expertise, Julien Fayard believes in producing wines with an identity, exploiting what makes each one unique. Originally from France, Julien began his career as a winemaker producing wine at his family’s winery in Provence. In Bordeaux he worked at Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Laffite before relocating to Napa Valley. Julien earned his Master in Agri-Business from ESA France and his Master in Winemaking from Toulouse France. In 2011, he received his MBA from UC Davis.

Country born: France

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

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 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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