• Producer: Lail Vineyards - read about the Estate
  • Winemaker: Philippe Melka
  • Region (AVA): Napa (Napa Valley)
  • Blend: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
  • Vintage production: 3,215 cases
  • Winery location: Rutherford
  • Owner: Robin Lail
  • First Vintage: 2001
  • Drinking window: 2021-2031+

 

About the Wine:

 

The Blueprint is Lail Vineyards' modern interpretation of Cabernet Sauvignon, capturing the abundant sunshine of Napa Valley and transforming it into intensely flavorful wines meant for early release and enjoyment in a delicious, crowd-pleasing style. Whimsically named “Blueprint” as a nod to Jon Lail’s highly regarded architectural design achievements, this gorgeous Cabernet hails from impeccable vineyards and is made by a great winemaker.

 

In 2018, the wine spent 18 months in French Oak (50% new). The vineyards are located in Calistoga, Coombsville, Diamond Mountain, Oakville, Rutherford, Stags Leap District, St. Helena and Yountville.

 

Lail Vineyards Blueprint Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

£60.00Price
  • "From a range of sites and expertly blended by Philippe Melka and his team, this wine has 5% Petit Verdot and spent 18 months in French oak, half of it new. Black olive, pencil shaving, sage and cedar provide a savory context against which concentrated black cherry and plum play. Coffee makes an appearance on the finish.”

    96 points, The Wine Enthusiast (Apr. 2021)

     

    "As with the whites, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint is a larger production release that sports a dense purple color as well as classic Cabernet notes of blue and black fruits, green tobacco, graphite, and spring flowers. With a more fruit-forward style, it's still rich, medium to full-bodied, has classy tannins, and is a seriously good bottle of wine.”

    94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2021)