Herb Lamb Vineyards
Mike Trujillo & Herb Lamb
photo by Marshall Harrington
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. With an average yield of less than 2 tons per acre, we recognized that this was no "get rich quick" scheme. While raising our two daughters and working full-time jobs elsewhere, we focused on the continued quality of the vineyard and association with the finest vineyard managers and winemakers possible.
Jennifer Lamb & Mike Trujillo
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, including our own HL and Two Old Dogs Cabernet Sauvignon, are ambassadors of the soil, climate and location, giving the grapes from this site benchmark quality year after year.
As we evolve from grape growers to winemakers, we have also broadened our scope of wine production. We began producing a Sauvignon Blanc in 2005, produced from three different clones grown in a small, family owned vineyard similar to ours. Our Two Old Dogs Sauvignon Blanc has become enormously successful and can be found in restaurants throughout the Napa Valley.
We take great pride in producing large format bottles specifically for donations to local charities in support of children, the arts, land preservation and health care issues. Although our limited production is sold primarily through our mailing list, we are now even more fortunate to have small amounts distributed in fine restaurants and retail store throughout three states and four countries. Thank you for supporting all of our efforts!
— Jennifer and Herb Lamb