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2005 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee 1.5L
2005 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee
USA - California - Napa - Howell Mountain
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 138

($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.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 174

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.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

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.

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Vinfolio Author: Vinfolio Team Issue: 199

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.

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Community Reviews


VinoDeparture Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 09/22/2009

2 of 2 people found this review useful.


Charles S310 Trust Rating: 93 Tasted On: 02/08/2010 Drink Dates: 2010-2018

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