2018 Lail Vineyards 'Blueprint' Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley California USA
The 2018 Blueprint Cabernet Sauvignon is deeply-colored ruby with purple edges, showing explosive aromas of blackberry, black cherry, ripe red plum, and espresso. Sweet spicy flavors of boysenberry, dark chocolate, and cassis add further intrigue and complexity. It is layered and rich in texture - lush, creamy, and finely balanced. This is a full-throttle and totally complete vintage for Blueprint Cabernet Sauvignon.
Medium-to full-bodied with notes of dark fruit, berries, fresh herbs, menthol and ink. The palate is savory and dry with an ink feel and firm tannins that will be benefit from aging. Long,elegant finish. Try after 2024.
Rated 94 Points James Suckling
As with the whites, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint is a larger production release that sports a dense purple color as well as classic Cabernet notes of blue and black fruits, green tobacco, graphite, and spring flowers. With a more fruit-forward style, it's still rich, medium to full-bodied, has classy tannins, and is a seriously good bottle of wine.
Rated 94 Points Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint is fabulous. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, new leather, spice, lavender and menthol fill out the layers beautifully. In the glass, the 2018 is rich and generous, yet it also possesses terrific freshness and plenty of verve. It is a superb wine in its price range, or any price range, for that matter. Drinking window: 2022 - 2030
Rated 93 Points Antonio Galloni, Vinous