2005 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee 1.5L

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2005 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee
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International Wine Cellar | 93

($125; 100% cabernet sauvignon) Good full medium ruby. Black cherry, cassis and licorice on the slightly medicinal nose. Pliant, juicy and spicy, with good grip to the flavors of dark berries, plum and bitter chocolate; this reminded me of a St. Julien. Nicely tactile wine, finishing persistent and complex, with dusty tannins. A very successful vintage for this wine. Owner Robin Lail, who purchases fruit from sites up and down Napa Valley, says her objective is to create "a poor man's estate vineyard" by having her team farm all of the parcels she buys from.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 94+

The 2005 J. Daniel Cuvee has put on considerable weight since last year, and the good news is that there are 1,400 cases of it. Dense ruby/purple in color with notes of graphite, black currant, coffee bean, crushed rock, chocolate, and spice, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied, powerful, tannic, and seems to combine the best of both a top Bordeaux and a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.

Drink Dates: 2012-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 174

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Wine Spectator | 90

Smooth-textured, rich and polished, this stylish wine offers a mix of herb, currant, black cherry and plum fruit that's ripe and well-proportioned, ending with graceful tannins.

Drink Dates: 2009-2013
Author: James Laube


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Vinfolio | 94

This vintage marks the tenth anniversary of the first vintage of Lail Vineyards. Tasted twice in the last three months, the wine continues to evolve. Aromas of currant, licorice and cherry with a palate showing ripe dark plum and cocoa. Very dense and concentrated overall. I recommend decanting an hour before drinking.

Drink Dates: 2008-2018
Author: Vinfolio Team
Issue: 199

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Score: 95
Author: Butler Brian
Tasted On: 06/06/2014
Score: 91
Author: VinoDeparture
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/22/2009

2 of 2 people found this review useful.

Score: 96
Author: Charles S310
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 02/08/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2018
More Vintages and Sizes of Lail - J Daniel Cuvee:

2008 (1.5L)
2008 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)
1996 (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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