2009 Lail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint

Year: 2009
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint bursts from the glass with an exciting array of dark red and blue fruit, licorice, flowers and spices. There is gorgeous depth and purity to the fruit in this round, supple wine. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2016. " (WA)

"(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." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
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. The winery’s flagship wine, “J. Daniel Cuvee”, is named in his honor. Lail Vineyards was founded in 1995 by fourth generation vintner Robin Lail and her family to carry the unique family legacy forward into the 21st Century. Generations five and six are woven into the tapestry of the venture with the involvement of daughters Erin and Shannon, and with the “Georgia” Sauvignon Blanc named for the first member of the sixth generation. Each year the family continues its passionate quest to produce the very finest wines in the world from the blend of their ingredients – the land, the seasons, the winemaking team and the spirit