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2005 Lail Cabernet Sauvignon J Daniel Cuvée

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

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SKU: 52693-2005

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 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.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The top three vineyards constituted this wine from Robin and John Lail ƒA?A? the Mole Hill Vineyard on Howell Mountain, the Vine Hill Ranch in Oakville, and the Shuler Vineyard in Coombsville. Bordeaux in style, somewhat St.-Estephe-like in its earthiness, with high tannins and firm grip, this wine has good acidity and plenty of graphite and blackcurrant notes It is still somewhat austere and tannic, but dense and medium to full-bodied, with a positive upside to it. Only 710 cases were produced, and it was aged in 70% new French oak for 19 months prior to bottling. Give this wine another 2-4 years of bottle age and drink over the following two decades.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: VinoDeparture
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Butler Brian
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Drink Dates: 2010-2018
    Author: Charles S310
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 145 bottles owned
  • 36 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 36 collectors)