The only blend that Laird makes, and by far their most popular wine, there’s a fine alchemy that arises in this blend of Cabernet, Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, and Petite Verdot, nearly all from Laird’s home base in Yountville and Oakville. We loved this wine’s gulpable, juicy, red-fruited quality and surprising seriousness; this one’s a case buy for sure, the kind of wine we see wineries deliberately hide from the tasting room from time to time.
From his roots as a third-generation farmer from Virginia tobacco country, Ken Laird has earned a unique distinction. He and his family are now the largest private landowners of Napa Valley with more than 2,000 acres to their name. Their first acquisition in 1970 was sparked by a field walk with none other than Robert Mondavi, and the Lairds entered the vineyard business in partnership with the venerable Oakville winery. They grew slowly (and took more than a few chances on unproven sub-regions) and now boast land holdings that have provided fruit to everyone from Mondavi to Far Niente to Joseph Phelps. With Paul Hobbs calling the shots in the cellar (Robert Parker has called him "one of my favorite winemakers"), the Lairds are able to select their favorite sites from their substantial grape resources for their own stellar wines. With their state-of-the-art production facility (utilized by more than 60 boutique producers), it's truly a can't-miss combination of exceptional fruit and winemaking prowess. You'll be just as impressed by this lineup as we were!
A ripe and lush style, with waves of cassis, plum sauce and açaí berry rolling through, coated with mocha and sweet spice notes and leading to a very polished finish. For the hedonist crowd. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
A linear and fresh 2015 with firm tannins and pretty blackberry, blueberry and chocolate character. Full body, tight and focused. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, syrah, merlot, malbec and petit verdot. Drink now.
Laird's 2015 Jillian's Blend is soft, supple and inviting, all of which make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next handful of years. The dark red cherry fruit is nicely lifted by hints of cinnamon, cedar and wild flowers that also give the wine a lovely upper register of aromatics. In this tasting, the 2015 is quite tasty.