2004 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee 1.5L

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

From one of the grandes dames of Napa Valley, Robin Lail's 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvee (96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Merlot aged 20 months in 75% new French oak) exhibits a complex, multidimensional style. Its dark plum/ruby/purple color is followed by abundant notes of sweet black cherry and black currant fruit intertwined with notions of licorice and loamy, earthy undertones. With sweet tannin and a full-bodied mouthfeel, this fragrant, beautifully pure and textured wine should continue to drink well for another 15+ years. The finish lasts 40-50 seconds.

Drink Dates: 2014-2029
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 212

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($110; 96% cabernet sauvignon and 4% merlot) Saturated ruby. Medicinal aromas of blackberry, blueberry, licorice and menthol; from the nose I would have picked this as coming from the northern Medoc. Offers very good life in the mouth and boasts more richness, sweetness and pliancy than usual for this bottling. Finishes with substantial tongue- and toothdusting tannins that do not come off as hard. Particularly ripe for this blend, and highly successful as a result. The very small crop ultimately yielded just 425 cases, vs. a typical 800 to 1,000. (The '05 had just been fined and was unavailable for tasting.)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

Dense and chewy, with an earthy mineral edge to the dried currant, sage and dusty berry flavors. Tight and compact, with firm tannins, this picks up a nice anise and cedar character on the finish. Tannic. Needs decanting. 400 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2017
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Brown Steven
Trust Rating: 74
Tasted On: 06/28/2010
6 x 12 cases in paper

Average rating: 92, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

19 bottles owned by 19 collectors.

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About This Producer

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.

Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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