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About the Virtual Tasting

Stephen Taplin, owner of Taplin Cellars, joined John Sporing, the founder of A Life Well Drunk for a virtual tasting on July 16th, 2020.

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The Taplins were part of several tastings groups when they lived in the region. Now they have moved back to Napa Valley where they manage Taplin Cellars…a winery founded in 2011 with over 150 years of history.

The Taplin family came to California in the 1850s and participated in the early development of San Francisco and the Napa Valley. The land they settled in Napa Valley supported grains and grapes in the 1800s, walnuts and prunes in the early 1900s and grapes again beginning in the 1970s. This history stretches back over six generations who have farmed their land.

The grapes from the estate have gone into many of the well-known wines of the valley, but now there is Terra 9 and Melinda’s Rosé (named for Steve’s sister and profits go to benefit breast cancer research). Taplin is also producing a Reserve wine from the Riverbed vineyard within the Estate.

In the tasting we sipped and discussed three wines:

  • 2019 Taplin Melinda’s Rosé
  • 2016 Taplin Terra 9 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2014 Taplin Terra 9 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon