1996 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee 750ml

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1996 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee

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International Wine Cellar | 89

Red-ruby. More leafy aromas of currant, cherry, mocha, chocolate, cedar and rust, along with a superripe note of beefsteak tomato reflecting the high percentage (73%) of merlot. Warm flavors of roasted plum and chocolate; shows good intensity but limited fat. The tannins initially came across as rougher than those of the '97, but grew sweeter and plumper as the wine opened in the glass. Owing to the heat spikes in '96, Lail made two passes through her Yountville merlot vineyard, the first in early September and the second nearly a full month later.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Wine Advocate | 91

There are 600 cases of the 1996 J. Daniel Cuvee, a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot. It exhibits a dense ruby color with a purple hue. The classy nose of chocolate, cassis, black cherries, and toast is followed by a medium to full-bodied offering with outstanding ripeness, sweet tannin, and a layered, multi-dimensional personality. Delicious, and already revealing considerable complexity, it can be drunk now and over the next 15 years. Kudos to John and Robin Lail for the efforts they have produced to date. The talented young Frenchman, Philippe Melka, is their winemaker.

Drink Dates: 1996-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 126

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Wine Spectator | 92

Wonderful, ripe, complex, intense fruit flavors, with lots of black cherry, plum, spice, cedar, anise and sage neatly woven together. Firms up on the finish, with well-integrated tannins. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Drink Dates: 2001-2009
Author: James Laube


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Score: 91
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 01/21/2012
Site Blog: mac_h
More Vintages and Sizes of Lail - J Daniel Cuvee:

2008 (1.5L)
2008 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)
1995 (750ml)

About This Producer


Founded by John and Robin Lail and made by Philippe Melka, the Lail winery has for years specialized in producing the John Daniel Cuvee. This wine is sourced from Robin's vineyard, named for her father, who was the general manager of Inglenook in the 1940s, and was the great nephew of Gustave Niebaum, Inglenook's 19th century founder. A recent addition to the lineup has been a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Sauvignon Blanc under the Blueprint label, recognizing John's architecture business.

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