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Covert Estate

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Release Date November 2021
  • We farm our estate vineyard organically, manually tending the tightly spaced rows throughout the year.

  • The wine then spends 18-26 months in barrel, as needed for each vintage.

  • A modern expression of Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon that draws more than a little inspiration from France.

Julien Fayard

Julien Fayard, Winemaker

Non-interventionist winemaking. The vineyard drives the difference. What made me decide to build my own winery is traditional winemaking aimed at minimizing the cellar practices. Wine is a natural product of grapes. I am very technical on everything that supports winemaking, yet very traditional on what is in direct contact with the wine.
Country Born
Winery Experience
20-30 years
MBA UC Davis
Master of Winemaking (Toulouse)
Master in Agribusiness (ESA Angers)
Honors / Awards
"Winemaker of the Year," 2019, LuxeSF

With more than two decades of winemaking expertise, Julien Fayard is one of Napa Valley’s most respected winemakers producing California varietals with French finesse. He believes in producing wines with an identity, exploiting what makes each one unique. Julien’s wines are a pure expression of their terroir, highlighting the specificities and characteristics of the fruit, vineyard management, soil and climate. He has a track record of building brands both in terms of quality and market presence.

Originally from France, Julien began his career as a winemaker producing quality rosé at his family’s winery in Provence. In Bordeaux he worked at Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Laffite before relocating to Napa Valley. In Napa, he was Philippe Melka’s director of winemaking for a few years before launching his own projects.

Julien earned his Master in Agri-Business ESA France and Master in Winemaking from Toulouse France and in 2011 he received his MBA from UC Davis.