2005 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee 1.5L

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Vinfolio | Rating: 94

This vintage marks the tenth anniversary of the first vintage of Lail Vineyards. Tasted twice in the last three months, the wine continues to evolve. Aromas of currant, licorice and cherry with a palate showing ripe dark plum and cocoa. Very dense and concentrated overall. I recommend decanting an hour before drinking.

Drink Dates: 2008-2018
Author: Vinfolio Team
Issue: 199

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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: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

The top three vineyards constituted this wine from Robin and John Lail âÂ?Â? 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.

Drink Dates: 2017-2039
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 219

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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.

Drink Dates: 2009-2013
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: Charles S310
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 02/08/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2018

Rating: 95
Author: Butler Brian
Tasted On: 06/06/2014

Rating: 91
Author: VinoDeparture
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/22/2009

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Average rating: 92, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

14 bottles owned by 9 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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