• Producer: Lail Vineyards - read about the Estate
  • Winemaker: Philippe Melka
  • Region (AVA): Napa (Napa Valley)
  • Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Vintage production: 791 cases
  • Winery location: Rutherford
  • Owner: Robin Lail
  • First Vintage: 2007
  • Drinking window: 2018-2025

 

About the Estate:

 

The Blueprint 2018 fruit was sourced from Lail's famed Estate Totem Vineyard (Yountville), Farella Vineyard (Coombsville) and Rewa Vineyard (Coombsville). It was fermented in Austrian and  French oak (55% new) and agedin the same vessels for 7 months.

 

Robin’s beautiful home at The Mole Hill Estate on Howell Mountain is the heart and soul of Lail, and gives its name to the hyper-rare Mole Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – wine so rare that it is not made every year, and has not been reviewed by any wine writer.

 

As well as Mole Hill, Lail has vineyards at top sites across the valley: Heimark in Calistoga, Vine Hill Ranch in Oakville, Totem Estate in Yountville, Crocker in St. Helena, Farella and Rewa in Coombsville. As well as these stunning Cabernets, Lail is famed for its Sauvignon Blancs. The top cuvee is the exclusive Georgia Sauvignon Blanc, produced from cooler sites in Yountville. Robin recently served the 2004 vintage to Parker who was astonished to find how fresh and complex it was at over ten years of age! He described the Georgia as one of the great Sauvignon Blancs of the USA.

 

Lail Vineyards Blueprint Sauvignon Blanc 2020

£32.00Price
  • "A bright, tangy white with sliced-apple and lemon-rind aromas and flavors. Slightly nutty, too. It’s full and dense with layers of fruit. Always a solid wine, but this is a step up. The old-vine bottling of Georgia went into this. 800 cases. Drink or hold."

    93 points, James Suckling (Dec. 2021)

     

    "The base 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Blueprint is outstanding and, compared to the Georgia release, is more crisp and racy. All Sauvignon raised in 55% new barrels for 7 months, it has lots of honeyed lemon, white flowers, and chalky notes in a medium-bodied, round, supple, pure, exotic package. It’s beautifully done and ideal for drinking over the coming 4-5 years or so."

    90 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Mar. 2022)

     

    "Robin Lail's 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Blueprint is bright, focused and wonderfully vibrant. Orchard fruit, sage, mint, tomato leaf and a host of varietal accents lend character to this mid-weight, taut Sauvignon Blanc. Lail did not bottle her flagship Sauvignon Blanc Georgia in 2020."

    90 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous, Jan. 2022)