Robin Lail is a legend in Napa hailing from one of the most storied and famous historical families in the Valley, dating back to 1879 when her great -granduncle, the iconic Captain Gustave Niebaum founded Inglenook. Robin grew up among the vineyards of Inglenook, pioneers of fine winemaking in the Napa Valley. Inglenook was passed down to Robin’s grandfather and then to her father, John Daniel Jr., a true innovator (he was the first to put ‘Napa Valley’ on his labels and pioneered varietal labeling) and wine industry leader who produced legendary wines.
Robin was recently featured on the cover of Wine Spectator Magazine’s May 2020 Issue. A terrific story, well worth the time to read—ideally with a glass of Lail Cab or SB on hand.
“The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, from vineyards in Yountville and Coombsville, was barrel fermented in 30% new French oak and aged in stainless steel. It opens with beautiful peach blossoms, fresh green apples and lemonade notes with touches of lime leaves, coriander seed and paraffin wax. Medium-bodied, refreshing, elegant and with impressive intensity, the palate delivers impactful citrus and savory layers with a zesty kick to the finish.”
“A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot from a multitude of vineyards, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint reveals a saturated purple color as well as classic notes of blackcurrants, tobacco, damp earth, chocolate, and hints of new leather. Beautifully balanced, medium to full-bodied, ripe, and textured, it's a smoking good, affordable effort well worth seeking out. It will evolve for 10-15 years or more.”