Fifth generation Taplins founded Taplin Cellars in 2011 to share the magic that this valley holds. By 2016 they incorporated the next generation into the board responsible for long-term planning.
To manage the short-term, the Taplins work with a talented team: vineyard managers Doug Wight and Erik Dodd; winemaker Julien Fayard; and general manager Sylvia Taplin.
The day-to-day here at Taplin Cellars are run by Steve, Bill, and Sylvia Taplin
Winemaker Julien Fayard shares our outlook. Growing up in a French winery family, he trained in classical Old-World winemaking in Bordeaux before striking out for the new world of Napa Valley terroir. Julien works closely with us and our vineyard management team to craft our wine with a minimalist’s grace. Instead of forcing the wine with aggressive intervention, he prefers to coax it along and let the site speak for itself.
This is Roger. He mostly naps, but occasionally protects us from squirrels during vineyard walks.