International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(from vines planted in 1988): Bright pale yellow. Pure, pungent aromas of citrus peel, honeycomb, dried herbs and spices. Complex, intense and rich in extract, showing terrific cut and energy to the flavors of lime, fresh pineapple, minerals and fresh herbs. An outstanding vintage for this bottling: this could do major damage in a flight of whites from Pessac-Leognan. Finishes tactile and very long. This was barrel-fermented and then aged for 18 months in 100% new oak, but the wood does not stand out at all. (The 2012 had just gone into tank before I tasted the Lail wines with Robin Lail and winemaker Philippe Melka.)Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2014
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
- 11 bottles owned
- 2 collectors