97 points Wine Enthusiast
"Made by Philippe Melka and his team, this is a grippy, earthy wine, vibrant in blue fruit, plum and sage. Round, lush and opulent on the palate, it glides seamlessly across supple, integrated tannin and oak, effortlessly incorporating 11% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. The vineyard sources range from the producer’s Mole Hill Estate on Howell Mountain to the cooler reaches of Coombsville." *Editors' Choice*
93 points Jeb Dunnuck
"A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot from a multitude of vineyards, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint reveals a saturated purple color as well as classic notes of blackcurrants, tobacco, damp earth, chocolate, and hints of new leather. Beautifully balanced, medium to full-bodied, ripe, and textured, it's a smoking good, affordable effort well worth seeking out. It will evolve for 10-15 years or more."
92 points James Suckling
"A rich, juicy red with lots of blackberry, blueberry and tar character. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a delicious finish. Some graphite at the end. Mostly cabernet sauvignon but 11% merlot (rare) and 6% petit verdot. Really enjoyable now. Drink or hold."
91 points Connoisseurs' Guide
"11% Merlot; 6% Petit Verdot. As well-focused as it is intense and a Cabernet that immediately impresses as being very serious stuff, Lail’s latest Blueprint leads with deep, beautifully defined aromas of blackcurrants, briar, olives and sweet oak that deepen and expand with each successive sniff, and it does not disappoint on the palate. It is full and fleshy with terrific Cabernet focus and texture, and, even if roughed up by plentiful finishing tannin, its fruit refuses to relinquish the stage and lasts and lasts once its youthful astringency eases. Do not even think about pulling its cork until at least three or four years have come and gone, and, given the choice, we would relegate it to a cool spot deep in the cellar and wait for twice as long."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Roughly 90-95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5-10% Petit Verdot. Aging: 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.