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2003 Lail Cabernet Sauvignon J Daniel Cuvée

  • 94 WA
  • 86 WS
  • 89 IWC
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    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 52693-2003

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    ($100; 100% cabernet sauvignon) Good medium ruby. Black cherry, cassis, creosote and mint on the nose. Juicy, minty and on the lean side, with minty and herbal high tones lifting the dark berry flavors. With an edge of acidity and less mid-palate stuffing for its dusty tannins, the finish is a tad dry.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 86

    Austere, with trim sage, herb and dried currant flavors that are focused and well-balanced. Complex, yet expensive for what you get. Cabernet Sauvignon. 800 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    Lail's flagship 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2003 J. Daniel Cuvee, is a 900-case effort made from two fruit sources, the Howell Mountain hillsides and the valley floor Vine Hill Vineyard near Yountville. The result is a gorgeously proportioned, dense purple-colored offering boasting a stunning nose of black currants, smoke, earth, and charcoal. Big and rich, with superb purity and great structure, but neither overbearing nor astringent, this beauty should drink well for 15 or more years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 85

    Consumed at La Vie. This bottle may have been flawed. It was not nearly as good as the other Lails I've had, and I tasted a slight stewed flavor.
    Author: johnswu
  • Self | Rating:

    Magnum. Drank beautifully
    Author: fred2288
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

  • 224 bottles owned
  • 52 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 85
    (Out of 52 collectors)