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2018 Lail Georgia Sauvignon Blanc

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

ITEM 7979019 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

Bidder Amount Total
$130
Item Sold Amount Date
I7983702 1 $135 Oct 24, 2021
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RATINGS

96James Suckling

What a complex nose this has, offering aromas of honeysuckle, hawthorn, smoke, dried apple and lime curd. Hints of spice and ginger. It’s full-bodied, creamy and elegant. Wonderfully balanced elements of ripe fruit and toast, dried herb and spice. Fantastic.

95The Wine Advocate

...notes of pink grapefruit, white peaches and lemon drops plus hints of coriander seed, mandarin peel and honeysuckle. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a gorgeous satiny texture with intense stone fruit and citrus layers supplemented by loads of savory and mineral nuances, finishing long with a zesty lift.

95Jeb Dunnuck

...gorgeous notes of buttered lemon, grapefruit, salty minerality, and honeyed flowers. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully balanced...

94Vinous / IWC

Creamy and ample...gorgeous, textured Sauvignon Blanc that balances richness with energy. Lemon confit, mint, orchard fruit and jasmine all grace this striking, wonderfully detailed Sauvignon.

PRODUCER

Lail

Lail Vineyards, in Rutherford, Napa Valley, was established in 1998. However its roots go back five generations to 1879, when Gustav Niebaum founded Inglenook Vineyards, one of California’s pioneering wine operations. Robin Lail, who with her husband Jon Lail own Lail Vineyards, is the great grand niece of Niebaum. She also has strong ties to Napa Valley winemaking, having worked for Robert Mondavi as well as being a co-founded of Dominus. Later she was president of Merryvale Vineyards. In 1995 she and her husband sold their interests in Merryvale and Dominus to focus on starting an estate of their own. Lail has vineyards on Howell Mountain and in Yountville. Lail’s winemaker is Philippe Melka, who worked in France, Australia and Italy before joining Lail. The estate’s signature wine is the J. Daniel Cuvee, a Cabernet Sauvignon blend.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley

Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,

TYPE

White Wine, Sauvignon Blanc

This crisp, dry white wine hails from France but is grown in wine regions around the world. In California, it is sometimes called Fume Blanc; while in Sauternes, it is a component of their famous dessert wines.