• Home
  • 2009 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee (Cabernet Sauvignon)

2009 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee (Cabernet Sauvignon)

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 95 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
See all wines from Lail
See other vintages 1995 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2003 | 2010 | 2011 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 |
In stock|Sold out

learn more about producers & collectors

SKU: 52693-2009-1500-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    (100% cabernet sauvignon, from mostly hillside vineyards in Calistoga and on Howell Mountain): Bright full ruby. Crushed blackberry, black raspberry, licorice and chocolate on the very ripe nose. Suave, pliant and fine-grained, with rich flavors of cassis, plum and chocolate. Very young but harmonious from the start in the style of the vintage. Finishes with substantial, dusty, building tannins, a firm edge of acidity and excellent length.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2012
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Pure and well-focused on bright, rich plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit, leading to mixed flavors of crushed rock and fresh earth. Ends with fine-grained tannins.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon John Daniel Cuvee wraps around the palate with expressive layers of fruit. The pure seduction of the vintage comes through beautifully. Silky tannins help convey an impression of total seamlessness. Blue and black fruit, cloves and tar inform the radiant, powerful finish. I can't wait to see how the 2009 develops in bottle. The 2009 was made exclusively from Heimark Vineyard in Calistoga. It spent 22 months in French oak barrels, 98% new. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Mcaz
  • Self | Rating: 93

    This has tar on the nose but not the palate. Lots of blueberries. Full bodied with good tannins on the finish. Overpriced.
    Author: Litig8tr
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

  • 141 bottles owned
  • 29 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 29 collectors)