A brief history
Meet The Winemakers
On a whim, Philippe took a wine course in his final year of study at the University of Bordeaux while completing a geology degree – a moment that changed the trajectory of his life. He began his journey at Château Haut Brion where his passion for Cabernet-based blends and Sauvignon Blanc began and completed a Masters program in Agronomy and Enology. He was intrigued by the relationship between soil and wine quality, a fascination that continues today.View More
Yearning to learn more, he set out for Napa Valley (Dominus Estate), Western Australia (Chittering Estate), Chianti in Italy (Badia a Coltibuono) and Bordeaux (Chateau Petrus) where he divided his time between soil study and winemaking. From the great diversity of terroirs he studied, Napa Valley revealed itself to have the most exciting potential for extraordinary wine.
Trained and influenced by some of the most notable personalities in the wine business, Philippe has devoted the past 19 years to winemaking here in Napa Valley – getting his start as a consultant with Lail Vineyards at its inception. Being recently named one of the top nine wine consultants in the world by Robert Parker underscores his truly remarkable gift in a career that has only just begun.
Maayan Koschitzky has amassed an impressive winemaking resume spanning from the vineyards of Israel to some of the best producers in the Napa Valley, working alongside some of the top winemakers and among the most coveted terroirs in the world. When Maayan joined Atelier Melka and the Lail Vineyards winemaking team in 2014, he brought a dynamic array of talents. With a background in engineering and years of experience in both wineries and vineyards, Maayan plays a multifaceted role as Director of Winemaking overlooking all vineyards and winemaking activities for Atelier Melka.View More
Lail Vineyards Wines
In February 2019, Robin Lail was made the U.S. Ambassador to the Porto Protocol, a global initiative asking companies to demonstrate their leadership on climate action and share best practices. Our Blueprint wines celebrate these pioneers and architects of innovation for putting the health of our planet ahead of quarterly reports and the bottom line. At Lail Vineyards we invite you to do the same. Make a commitment. Inspire your neighbor. 10% of online sales go to organizations deep in the fight against climate change.
Wells Wilder Casten is the youngest of our family’s 6th generation. Her name is derived from the Wellington boot, first commissioned by the Duke of Wellington in 1815. A nod to our farming heritage, wellies are a hallmark of country life, both hardy and elegant. Fittingly our Welly has a singular love of gumboots and tutus, a teeny stardust in the vineyard and on the street. Like its spirited namesake, our Welly Cabernet Sauvignon is unabashedly expressive and pure. This wine is our tribute to her, and to our family’s 140 years of turning dirt into liquid splendor.
J. Daniel Cuvée Story — by Robin Daniel Lail “I was raised by my dad, John Daniel, Jr., in the grand family tradition of Inglenook. He was, like Gustave Niebaum before him, a leader, an innovator, and the producer of legendary wines. Our flagship wine at Lail Vineyards, the J. Daniel Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon, is named in his honor. My greatest challenge at Lail Vineyards is to create wines that meet and exceed the level of excellence set by my family in earlier generations.”
Mole Hill is the crown jewel of Lail Vineyards. It is an ultra-luxury wine bordering on decadent with its showcase of Howell Mountain seductive aromatics, velvety palate of fascinating complexity and a lingering finish which remains when you set down your glass. Production is small and demand is big. Produced only from the best growing seasons, this serious wine also has a sense of humor. Each year the path of the mole changes on the label designating a new vintage for your collection.
Georgia is grown on a three acre, dry-farmed estate vineyard in Yountville. This exquisite, Graves-style (dry white Bordeaux) Sauvignon Blanc is fermented and aged in 100% French oak barrels for eighteen months. It displays unprecedented depth and complexity, amazing texture, and a long lingering finish. Lail Vineyards was the first winery in the New World to produce a Sauvignon Blanc in this complex and captivating style, beginning with the 2002 vintage. The proprietary name celebrates the first member of the sixth generation of our family’s winemaking in Napa Valley, Georgia Eileen. It has been called by a leading wine writer ”…California’s most complex and multi-dimensional Sauvignon Blanc.”
In February 2019, Robin Lail was made the U.S. Ambassador to the Porto Protocol, a global initiative asking companies to demonstrate their leadership on climate action and share best practices. Our Blueprint wines celebrate these pioneers and architects of innovation for putting the health of our planet ahead of quarterly reports and the bottom line. At Lail Vineyards we invite you to do the same. Make a commitment. Inspire your neighbor.