2009 Lail - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Blueprint 750ml

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2009 Lail - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Blueprint

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International Wine Cellar | 90

(100% cabernet sauvignon): Good deep ruby. Cassis, blackberry, licorice and a slightly weedy herbal note on the nose. Bright, pure and suave, with an attractive fleshiness to the moderately intense blackberry and licorice pastille flavors. Today the wine's smooth middle palate is cut off by tannins: I'd hold this for at least another year before pulling the cork. There was a huge storm in mid-October of 2009, noted winemaker Philippe Melka, but 80% of Lail's grapes were in by then.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 162

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Drink Dates: 2012-2019
Author: Elizabeth Grubel


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Score: 90
Author: Litig8tr
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 05/17/2012
Blackberries & plum. Medium to full bodied. Smooth finish. This vintage is not as good as the 2007 but better than other 2009's I have tasted.

About This Producer


Founded by John and Robin Lail and made by Philippe Melka, the Lail winery has for years specialized in producing the John Daniel Cuvee. This wine is sourced from Robin's vineyard, named for her father, who was the general manager of Inglenook in the 1940s, and was the great nephew of Gustave Niebaum, Inglenook's 19th century founder. A recent addition to the lineup has been a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Sauvignon Blanc under the Blueprint label, recognizing John's architecture business.

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