• 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: 2022-2027

 

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
  • "Grippy and sublime, this 100% varietal white was fermented in French and Austrian oak, then aged seven months in the same. Green apple, grapefruit and peach combine for a substantive and sophisticated take on the variety, with balanced acidity keeping it fresh in the glass."

    95 points, The Wine Enthusiast (Jul. 2022)

     

    "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)