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2011 Lail Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint

  • 89 WA
  • 89 IWC
  • 90 JS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 78215-2011

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    (a blend from six vineyards, all harvested between October 21 and November 2): Bright ruby. Aromas of blueberry, licorice and green pepper, plus a hint of leathery rusticity. Nicely pliant in the mouth, with a slight greenness but good breadth to the dark berry, tobacco and mineral flavors. Robin Lail says that 2011 reminds her of 2000 and 1998 but I rate the newer vintage ahead of both of those earlier years.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • | Rating: 90

    A thick, dense red with dried-berry and cherry character, plus hints of toasted oak. Coffee, too. Full body with chocolate aftertaste. Drink or hold.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

    I noted that of the six sources used in the well-made 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint, five of them are hillside locations off the valley floor, which no doubt explains its success in this irregular year. The wine's deep ruby/purple is followed by notes of black currants, blackberries, charcoal, forest floor and a hint of cigar tobacco. Impressively endowed for a 2011, this soft Cabernet should be consumed over the next 7-10 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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.

    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 86 bottles owned
    • 17 collectors