Lail Vineyards 2018 'Blueprint' Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, USA
Lail Vineyards 2018 "Blueprint" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Roughly 90-95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5-10% Petit Verdot.
Approximately 18 months in French oak (55% new). Blueprint wines are a modern interpretation of these classic varieties, capturing the abundant sunshine of Napa Valley and transforming it into intensely flavorful wines meant for early release and enjoyment in a delicious, crowd-pleasing style. "Blueprint" is named after Jon Lail's highly regarded architectural design achievements.
Lail Vineyards traces its Napa Valley roots back five generations to the founding of Inglenook in 1879 by Gustav Niebaum, great-grand uncle of Robin Daniel Lail. Passed down to third generation owner John Daniel Jr., Inglenook thrived under his direction from 1933 to 1964 as he played a major role in the development of the Napa Valley appellation.
When Inglenook was sold in 1964, Robin continued to manage the remaining estate vineyards under the mentorship of none other than Robert Mondavi. It was Mondavi's encouragement and reminders of her family's legacy that propelled Robin to launch the first Auction Napa Valley in 1981 and later, in 1995, of Lail Vineyards - where Robin and her family partnerships continue the passionate quest to produce some of the finest wines in the world.
Today, Philippe Melka is Lail's winemaker. A Bordeaux native, Philippe grew up staging in reputable wineries such as Château Haut Brion, Dominus (owned by Château Pétrus). Robin Lail, a co-founder of Dominus, met Philippe there and brought him on board the Lail team shortly thereafter.