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2013 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee (Cabernet Sauvignon)

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 100 WA
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SKU: 52693-2013-1500-2B
  • Vinous | Rating: 94

    Inky, opulent and intense, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon John Daniel Cuvee will thrill readers who enjoy big wines. Chocolate, mocha, cloves and new leather are all pushed forward in a full-throttle, unapologetically rich wine. As good as the 2013 is - and it is gorgeous - the underlying pedigree here is such that this could be a materially better wine.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvee is probably the qualitative equivalent of the 2012, but slightly more backward and coiled tight. Coming from three vineyards that Robin Lail uses in Napa Valley: one in Calistoga, one in Oakville and the other on Howell Mountain. This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in about three-fourths new French oak. Just under 1,000 cases are produced. The 2013 comes across like a Napa version of the famous Chateau Montrose in Bordeaux's St.-Estephe. Earthy notes intermixed with chocolate, blackcurrant liqueur, grilled meats and spice are all present in this opaque purple wine. Graphite and floral notes are also present. It is full-bodied and ripe with beautiful purity and superbly integrated acidity, alcohol, wood and tannin. This wine needs another 4-5 years, as it's less dramatic and flamboyant compared to the 2012. It should evolve and age beautifully for 30+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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

    • 221 bottles owned
    • 39 collectors