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What is Lamborn Family Vineyards?

The Lamborn Family Winery is a small production winery that produces big wine. Exercising quality control at every stage of the winemaking process, Lamborn restricts their production to around 1,000 cases per year. This ensures the highest quality product.

Lamborn Wines

Although many of you may not know Lamborn Family Winery, this small winery is making a name by consistently producing very good Zinfandels. Their current vintage of Zinfandel is called “Papa’s Vintage,” and is made from 100% estate grown fruit. Now that their new planted Cabernet Sauvignon vines have reached maturity, they are preparing to release a new wine. With Heidi Barrett at the helm, their Estate Cab is always expected to be great.

History

Bob Lamborn began his career as a private investigator for the FBI. After a series of “reflective stages,” Lambert decided to leave the realm of government work; and started a new life in the wine industry. After doing meticulous research, Bob found a quite piece of land in the then unheralded Howell Mountain AVA.

Bob proceeded to convince his son, Michael, to partner with him and buy two separate, but adjacent plots of land. Of the 40 acres of land purchased, only 14 of those were plantable. After the arduous task of clearing mountain side, they planted their new vineyards with Zinfandel.

Their first vintage was crafted in 1982 by their friend and neighbor Randy Dunn of Dunn Vineyards. Since then, their production has steadily increased until it reached its peak of 2,700 cases in 1992.

What is Lamborn Family Vineyards?

Vineyards

The vineyards at Lamborn Family Winery are situated along a ridge, 2,200 feet above the valley floor. Their red, volcanic soil provides a vigorous growing environment for the vines. The vineyards are oriented in a northernly direction, which produces cooler days and warmer nights. Currently, only eight vineyards are planted; 4 with Zinfandel and 4 with Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winemaking

Heidi Barrett joined the Lamborn Family Winery in 1996. Many of you many recognize her from “cult” wineries like Screaming Eagle and Grace Family. Her reputation has reached epic proportions in the valley, prompting Wine and Spirits Magazine to say, “In the realm of Napa cult wine, Heidi Barrett is the reigning queen.”