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1999 Lail Cabernet Sauvignon J Daniel Cuvée

  • 92 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 85 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 52693-1999

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 85

    ($22.50) Bright red-ruby. Aromas of currant, menthol and loam, but marred by a high-toned suggestion of cleaning solvent. Juicy, firm and intensely flavored, but a bit generic, with the wine's fruit and soil tones suppressed. Finishes with dusty, slightly dry tannins. Other samples of this wine, both before and after the bottling, gave similar suggestions of raw wood and finishing dryness.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2001
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    A tremendous effort, dark, ripe, rich and concentrated, with beautifully defined blackberry, currant and black cherry fruit. Firms up nicely on the finish where chewy tannins provide backbone and structure. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. 1,500 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The opaque purple-colored 1999 J. Daniel Cuvee is aging beautifully. This is one of the vintage's classy and complex efforts. It is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. Its gorgeous perfume of graphite, liquid minerals, creme de cassis, and subtle toasty oak (about 40% new French oak is employed) is followed by a focused, delineated offering with high tannin but impressive levels of concentration/extract. This beautifully textured and subtle wine should age effortlessly for two decades, but 3-4 years of cellaring is warranted.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: tiberite
  • Self | Rating: 91

    A tight and focused nose of anise, cherry, and light oak. A California red wine that really wants to be from Bordeaux. The 99 is very structured with slightly green tannin and fine length. There is just enough depth of fruit to handle the formidable structure although this wine will never present as |soft|. This Cuv?e was assembled with Cabernet from the Mole Hill Vineyard (a three acre vineyard located at about 1,600 feet on Howell Mountain that was planted in 1993/4) and Merlot from the Totem Vineyard (Totem is two and half acres in size and is located in Yountville. Totem was part of the original Inglenook property in the Napa Valley. It was planted primarily to Merlot in 1988.) Philippe Melka makes the wine for Lail Vineyards.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2015
    Author: Daniel B
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.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 115 bottles owned
  • 41 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 41 collectors)