We did not start out to become vineyard owners – we never even dreamed that we could afford to develop a premium vineyard in the Napa Valley! But the pieces fell into place and now we are thrilled to share our passion for the land as well as our wines with you. In 1987, we purchased 7.4 acres of rocky, native hillside property in the Napa Valley, ranging from 600 to 800 feet in elevation, on the eastern hillsides of St. Helena just below Howell Mountain. We worked with friends and vintners to help clear the land of pines, oaks and firs, and graded wide terraces which were planted with Cabernet Sauvignon. The first literal fruits of our labor were realized in 1990 with a tiny crop that was sold to neighboring winemakers. By 1991, Mike Trujillo of Karl Lawrence Cellars had discovered the intense quality of our hillside fruit as an integral blend for his successful new wine venture. The following year, Ann Colgin and her winemaker Helen Turley chose our vineyard as the sole source for her signature wine at Colgin Cellars. Given Mike’s winemaking expertise and friendship, it was only natural that we chose him to help create our first commercial wines, albeit less than 100 cases a year. He has helped us to show that the wines from Herb Lamb Vineyards, are ambassadors of the soil, climate and location, giving the grapes from this site benchmark quality year after year.
A fruity nose of fresh, red raspberry and currants, and floral notes of violets and lavender. More complex notes of sweet bacon and pencil lead, cedar and fresh oak come with aeration. In the mouth, it has a big entry paired with a spicy tartness highlighting sweet cocoa, blackberry and raspberry. There’s a nice blend of bright fruits like red raspberry and lots of depth from the dark fruits like berry pie filling in mouth. This is a big, rich wine with good depth, great length and long finish.