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the edge of the forest

Purlieu in the literal sense means “the edge of the forest” or “an outlying area.” Symbolically, “purlieu” refers to our approach to winemaking, to exploring the outskirts and navigating the boundaries of what one may expect of a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. For us, the key to successfully walking that edge lies in maintaining balance: between innovation and tradition, confidence and restraint, depth and refreshment.

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Symbolically, Purlieu refers to our
approach to winemaking:

exploring the edge in finessing our craft and delivering
a beautiful Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.

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It is essential to find that edge
where balance can be made:

between innovation and tradition,
confidence and restraint, depth and refreshment.

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Craft and innnovation,
are our guide posts.

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And where new discoveries,
can begin.



The objective is always balance: healthy fruit at peak ripeness, with power and also with freshness. With balance comes the capacity for wine to age, fascinate and excite.

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Behind every wine we make there is an equal sense of purpose and place; intent and cultivation. We believe that each bottle not only speaks to the art of winemaking, but also to where it all begins: in the soil. Experience the journey of Purlieu Wines from beginning to end, starting from some of the most prolific vineyard sites in the Napa Valley and finishing in the hands of our world-class winemaker.

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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.

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From our cellar to yours, a Purlieu wine club membership secures your allocation of our limited production wines with each annual release. Inquire how you can become a member today.

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