About Lex Julia
Since our inception in 2002 we have focused primarily on Zinfandel as our primary wine. That's not to say we didn't have a passion for other wines. We have been making Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and many other "Old World" wines since we started making wine in 1996.
In 2005 some of the wines we made for our custom clients won 11 Gold medals at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair....we bided our time, and in 2010 we purchased grapes from a family friend that had no buyer for their fruit. During that harvest William and I saw an opportunity to expand our horizon and add these wines to our portfolio. We sold the majority of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Merlot to a major Napa winery for a record price, and managed to pay our friend and keep a few of the best barrels for our program. Our friends advised us to launch a new brand.
Lex Julia refers to ancient Roman law. The Roman writer Pliny the Elder wrote extensively about wines and winemaking and everything else worth writing about in the Seventies ... AD. Russian River Brewing Co. Launched a beer by that name, I thought this is really cool, I love ancient history, let's come up with a name for our new wines from antiquity.
Our father, William Sr. was an authority on Roman history...that's what we talked about around the dinner table when we were children, He was very proud of our heritage. He spoke and wrote Latin, and often referred to the campaigns of Julius Caesar and the Punic wars, the expansion of the Empire and the rule of law and the civilizing brought by the Julian family to the Western World.