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2004 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee 1.5L
2004 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee
USA - California - Napa - Howell Mountain
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2004 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee
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Professional Reviews

IWC
92

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 132

($110; 96% cabernet sauvignon and 4% merlot) Saturated ruby. Medicinal aromas of blackberry, blueberry, licorice and menthol; from the nose I would have picked this as coming from the northern Medoc. Offers very good life in the mouth and boasts more richness, sweetness and pliancy than usual for this bottling. Finishes with substantial tongue- and toothdusting tannins that do not come off as hard. Particularly ripe for this blend, and highly successful as a result. The very small crop ultimately yielded just 425 cases, vs. a typical 800 to 1,000. (The '05 had just been fined and was unavailable for tasting.)

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WA
95

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 212

From one of the grandes dames of Napa Valley, Robin Lail's 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvee (96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Merlot aged 20 months in 75% new French oak) exhibits a complex, multidimensional style. Its dark plum/ruby/purple color is followed by abundant notes of sweet black cherry and black currant fruit intertwined with notions of licorice and loamy, earthy undertones. With sweet tannin and a full-bodied mouthfeel, this fragrant, beautifully pure and textured wine should continue to drink well for another 15+ years. The finish lasts 40-50 seconds.

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WS
90

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Dense and chewy, with an earthy mineral edge to the dried currant, sage and dusty berry flavors. Tight and compact, with firm tannins, this picks up a nice anise and cedar character on the finish. Tannic. Needs decanting. 400 cases made.

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Community Reviews

Brown Steven Trust Rating: 78 Tasted On: 06/28/2010

6 x 12 cases in paper

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