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1997 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee 1.5L
1997 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee
USA - California - Napa - Howell Mountain
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
1997 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 90

Saturated ruby-red. Restrained aromas of currant, mocha, dark chocolate, licorice, loam and spicy oak. Lush and silky, with intense, somewhat austere currant, black cherry, shoe polish and licorice flavors. Not a large wine but stylish and solidly structured. Initially seemed a bit tough on the finish, with slightly tart acids combining with firm tannins, but softened nicely with aeration and seemed to grow longer on the aftertaste. The best wine to date from this producer.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 126

The 1997 J. Daniel Cuvee is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Merlot (1200 cases produced). The dense ruby/purple-colored 1997 boasts a lavishly pure nose of blackberries, cassis, minerals, licorice, chocolate, and toast. It is expansive, with the vintage's tell-tale richness, sweet tannin, and outstanding ripeness and concentration. The persistent finish lasts for nearly 40 seconds. This wine possesses an openness and sweetness that gives it the impression of being ready to drink, but I suspect much more will emerge with aging. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2020. Kudos to John and Robin Lail for the efforts they have produced to date. The talented young Frenchman, Philippe Melka, is their winemaker.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Rich yet elegant, with layers of currant, coffee, cedar and spice, turning complex and finishing with spicy, supple tannins. 1,200 cases made.

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Community Reviews


tiberite Trust Rating: 95 Tasted On: 02/01/2014 Site Blog: mac_h


Koby Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 11/07/2010 Drink Dates: 2004-2014 Site Blog: The Wine Forum

Super tight when opened, but 45 minutes and the aromas started to unfurl. A good 2 hours and the palate came around. 64% Cabernet, 36% Merlot from Howell Mountain this has held nicely, tannins have shed very little. Color: Dark core with crimson to slightly brick/rose edges. Nose: Notes of of black cherry, cassis, roast beef, chocolate, herbal and crushed fall leaves appear Palate: Full bodied, good fruit still remains with the black cherry and cassis see-sawing on the palate, savory roast beef and soy sauce, lush chocolate, some good herbal notes, just so slight to add complexity but not overwhelm. The tannins are very apparent but work well with the wine size. Bravo to the folks at Lail, though this blended style changed to 100% Cabernet in the 02 or 03 vintage, this wine has held up remarkable well. This was purchased directly from Robin Lail's cellar, we drank a vertical of 1997 to 2004.


bobglondon Tasted On: 12/25/2009

Needed 2 hours of decanting. Got better and better.

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