96 points & Editor's Choice | WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE
“This is a stunningly beautiful wine at this price point, age-worthy and complex, it will stay with you long after it’s gone. Opening in cedar, clove and cinnamon, it follows with a dusting of cocoa powder and toasted oak, before it offers a lingering thread of mineral in the form of crushed rock, violet, red and black currant. Structured as it goes, it finishes soft and silky. This is a wine for the cellar as well."
93 points | VINOUS
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint is fabulous, not to mention a huge overachiever in its price range. A burst of sweet red cherry, plum, espresso, chocolate, tobacco, menthol and French oak hits the palate. Expressive, pliant and super-inviting, the 2016 has so much to offer. Best of all, it will drink well upon release."
92 points | CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE to California Wine
"Unabashedly ripe though it may be, this high volume offering is very keen in fruit and offers glimmers of nascent layering that sets it apart from so many similarly inclined wines. It serves as instructive reminder that high ripeness in itself is no sin and is not of necessity antithetical to balance, and, here, Lail has very capably come up with a Cabernet that is at once very rich and well structured."
91 points | THE WINE ADVOCATE
"Made up of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot aged 17 months in 51% new French oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueprint is deep garnet-purple colored and gives up expressive notes of warm plums, blackberry pie and blueberry compote with touches of Indian spices, black pepper, cigar box and dusty soil. Medium to full bodied, the palate is packed with spicy black fruit preserves, framed by velvety tannins and plenty of freshness finishing long with a peppery kick."