His Legacy Lives On
Bob Lamborn, or "Papa" as he was affectionately referred to by family and friends, passed away peacefully at his St. Helena residence on April 7, 2004. While he may be gone physically, his spirit survives and thrives with the wine legacy he created decades ago.
Passionate About Wine
Papa first came to Napa Valley in 1971, planting 9 acres of Zinfandel to his 25 acre Howell Mountain property. With his trademark gift of gab and eloquent persuasive skills, Papa talked his son, Mike, into purchasing and planting his own adjacent Zin vineyard. What began as Papa's hobby quickly turned into his full time passion. He then passed his passion on to what is now the second and third generation of Lamborns.
The Passion Continues
No one knew how to spend their time wiser than Papa. His priority was always family, and nothing made Papa happier than spending time with the people he loved. Lamborn Family Vineyards is, and will continue to be, the culmination of Papa's priority and passion. For those of us who were blessed enough to know him, Papa's appreciation for family and wine were infectious, and we feel blessed to be able to continue what he started.
Zest for Life
To say that Papa is sorely missed is an understatement. With his prototypical "Lamborn humor" and catching smile, he was a stimulating conversationalist. He loved to talk and write about religion, politics, and current events, both local and from around the globe. His zealous demeanor was contagious to all those around him, and he was a role model in every sense of the word to those both young and old. He had an uncomparable joy for life that we all can learn from.
Kid at Heart
Papa passed away at the young age of 81. He was a kid at heart, and that is how he will always be remembered. Thanks for everything you have given us and taught us. Cheers, Papa. We miss you, love you, and will make you proud. Your enthusiastic "yee-haws!" at harvest time will forever echo through our vineyard.
Laid to Rest
Papa's ashes were spread amongst a field of wildflowers at the family vineyard. Papa appreciated the beauty and joy in something as simple as wildflowers. The vineyard and Howell Mountain were such integral parts of his life, he is truly at home at his final resting place.
Robert Lewis Lamborn, Jr.
February 7, 1923 - April 7, 2004