- Producer: Lail Vineyards - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Philippe Melka
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Yountville)
- Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
- Vintage production: 402 cases
- Winery location: Rutherford
- Owner: Robin Lail
- First Vintage: 2002
- Drinking window: 2016-2030
About the Wine:
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% new 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.” The 2017 vintage spent 20 months in 100% new French oak.
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.
Robin recently served the 2004 vintage to Robert Parker who was astonished to find how fresh and complex it was at over ten years of age! He described the Georgia as one of the great Sauvignon Blancs of the USA.
Lail Vineyards Georgia Sauvignon Blanc 2017
“This is a solid, compelling white with lots of dried apple, vanilla, cooked peaches and pears. Apricots, too. Full-bodied, dense and layered, yet it remains fresh and vivid. Structured. Excellent depth and length. Wonderful finish. A unique white for Napa. Drink or hold."
95 points, James Suckling (Jan. 2020)
“The 2017 Georgia Sauvignon Blanc was fermented and aged 18 months in 100% new French oak and comes from vineyards in Yountville. It comes pirouetting out of the glass with gorgeous honeyed white peaches, pink grapefruit and lime blossoms notes plus hints of crushed stones, wild thyme and cedar. Medium-bodied, the palate reveals a compelling satiny texture with super-intense flavors and loads of layers, finishing long and honey laced. 402 cases produced."
94+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Oct. 2019)
“The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Georgia is rich, expansive and generous, as this wine so often is. Apricot, lemon confit, mint, orange marmalade, passion fruit and a kiss of new French oak infuse the 2017 with layers of texture and nuance. Creamy and alluring, the Georgia is impeccable today. 60% new oak and light toast barrels mark a big change from the days this wine saw 100% new oak. The 2017 needs time to recover from its bottling, but it is quite fine."
94 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous, Jan. 2020)
“A step up, the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Georgia comes all from the Totem Vineyard and was fermented and aged in slightly more new French oak and aged longer as well. It's a richer, more complex Sauvignon Blanc and offers beautiful ripe citrus, orange blossom, quince, and brioche notes. With some distinct minerality, medium to full body, terrific length, and just loads of character, it's another class act from this team."
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2020)