The Lail stamp of quality is all over this one. The incredible fruit sourced for this stunner come from vineyards in Rutherford and St. Helena. This Cab is loaded with flavor, rounded with texture, and is perfectly balanced. Sharing the “Blueprint” for their Cabernet prowess would be a grand gesture!
It’s not hard to figure out why Robin Daniel Lail is making some of the most elite wines in the Napa Valley. She’s had some time to prepare. Not only did she grow up looking over her father John Daniel’s shoulder in Inglenook Winery in Rutherford, she worked for Robert Mondavi for 5 years, then in 1982, she co-founded Dominus with Christian Moueix, and in 1983, co-founded Merryvale Vineyards with Bill Harlan, where she served as President for ten years. She founded Lail in 1995. We call that a track record. Lail’s winemaker is Philippe Melka, one of the finest winemakers in our little sylvan valley, not to mention the world. He’s worked for Lail since the beginning, not to mention Dominus Estate in Rutherford and Château Petrus in Pomerol. Not exactly a lightweight, as they say.
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint has a deep garnet-purple color and sings of wild blueberries, morello cherries and red and black currant jellies with touches of dried mint, chocolate box and cedar chest. Medium to full bodied, the palate bursts with crunchy black fruits, supported by fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and lifted.