2012 Lail Vineyards "Blueprint" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon(1.5L)

SKU #1280468 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As for the red wines, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint, which comes from four sources spread from Southern Napa Valley in Coombsville to the largest source-a vineyard in Calistoga-is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot aged 17 months in about one-half new French oak. Dense ruby/purple, it has the dramatic ostentatious and flamboyant style of 2012 imprinted all over it. Terrific cassis fruit, a hint of blueberry, licorice, tar, and camphor all are present in this full-bodied opulent, sexy and sensual wine. Drink it over the next decade. The Lail Family can trace their wine history back five generations to 1879, when their great-granduncle Gustave Niebaum founded none other than the iconic Inglenook Vineyards. Robin Lail, who is essentially the force and face of Lail Vineyards, was also a co-partner of Dominus with Christian Moueix until he purchased her interest. They produce four wines, Blue print Sauvignon Blanc, a Cabernet Sauvignon and their flagship wines, Georgia Sauvignon Blanc and J. Daniel cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon. This winery, with winemaking consultant Philippe Melka, continues to have the Midas touch. (RP)  (10/2014)

89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep, bright ruby. Very ripe aromas of candied blackberry and licorice are enlivened by a minty nuance. At once bigger and more pristine than the 2011 version, offering good density to its black cherry and dark chocolate flavors. Finishes with substantial but ripe tannins and a leathery nuance. This wine had been racked into tank just prior to my tasting.  (6/2014)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Governed first and last by deep and defined Cabernet fruit and decked out with very nice oak in both kind and measure, Lail's 2102 Blueprint is already showing a fair sense of layered richness even though it has the build and the tannic structure of wine destined to grow for many years. Make no mistake, this is very good stuff, and, but for its slight finishing misstep of being a little too hot, it would easily warrant unqualified two-star endorsement.  (12/2014)

90 points Vinous

 Black cherry, mocha, spices, menthol and new leather meld together in Lail's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint. Dark, sensual and totally voluptuous, the 2012 captures the opulent side of the year to the fullest. Robin Lail's family boasts a rich lineage that goes back to the 1800s, and her granduncle, Gustav Niebaum, who founded Inglenook. Subsequently, Lail was a founder of both Dominus and Merryvale. Curiously, despite her deep Napa Valley roots, Lail has chosen to make big, powerful wines that emphasize richness and opulence. Her two Sauvignon Blancs are intense whites with a real sense of phenolic richness. In the best vintages both Sauvignons are magnificent. But beyond that, they are totally unique and different from anything else being made in Napa Valley. The Cabernets are similarly thick, full-throttle wines made with an approach that favors late harvests and high levels of ripeness. By any standard - including the many other wines made by consulting oenologist Philippe Melka - these are among the ripest, most opulent Cabernets in Napa Valley today. I imagine some readers will adore this style. Personally I find the Lail Cabernets excessively heavy, lacking in freshness and on the edge of being raisined.  (10/2014)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.5