Lail Vineyards

J. Daniel Cuvée Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.4320 ratings
9.3101 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Daron Watson

waves of blackberry, cassis, boysenberry, violets, cigar box, charcoal & licorice on the nose ~ addition of plum & mocha on the palate ~ a rich & voluptuous pure Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards in Calistoga, Oakville & Stags Leap District

waves of blackberry, cassis, boysenberry, violets, cigar box, charcoal & licorice on the nose ~ addition of plum & mocha on the palate ~ a rich & voluptuous pure Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards in Calistoga, Oakville & Stags Leap District

Sep 1st, 2020
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9.4

Full medium ruby. Mineral-driven, claret-like nose combines aromas of cassis, blueberry, espresso, dark chocolate, bell pepper and celery salt. Wonderfully savory if quite reticent on the palate, offering very suave, fine-grained flavors of black fruits, spices, tomato stem and herbs; I would have guessed that there was some Cabernet Franc here owing to the hints of licorice and violet. Not a particularly opulent wine but long on complexity and soil character. Make sure to decant this wine if you plan to open it soon, or, better yet, give it another few years of cellaring. (75% new oak; like many of her Napa Valley colleagues, Robin Lail described 2010 as a difficult growing season) (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, May 2020)

Full medium ruby. Mineral-driven, claret-like nose combines aromas of cassis, blueberry, espresso, dark chocolate, bell pepper and celery salt. Wonderfully savory if quite reticent on the palate, offering very suave, fine-grained flavors of black fruits, spices, tomato stem and herbs; I would have guessed that there was some Cabernet Franc here owing to the hints of licorice and violet. Not a particularly opulent wine but long on complexity and soil character. Make sure to decant this wine if you plan to open it soon, or, better yet, give it another few years of cellaring. (75% new oak; like many of her Napa Valley colleagues, Robin Lail described 2010 as a difficult growing season) (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, May 2020)

May 27th, 2020
James Forsyth

Smoke, cherries, blackberries, meat. This is one substantial wine. Striking intensity. Delicious. And a little overwhelming.

Smoke, cherries, blackberries, meat. This is one substantial wine. Striking intensity. Delicious. And a little overwhelming.

Jan 20th, 2020
Roy Goble

Great wine, but not the 100 pointer Parker called it

Great wine, but not the 100 pointer Parker called it

Dec 7th, 2019
Ron Haber

Beautiful acid and structure at a steakhouse in a 1.5L format.

Beautiful acid and structure at a steakhouse in a 1.5L format.

May 14th, 2019
Mark Eastom

See the 2008 post for notes please.

See the 2008 post for notes please.

Nov 23rd, 2018
Mark Eastom

See the 2008 post for notes please.

See the 2008 post for notes please.

Nov 23rd, 2018
Mark Eastom

Had a vertical of 08-09-10. The 08 and 10 were a bit funky and overripe. Alcohols were quite high. The 09 was awesome. Perfect balance of fruit, earths, soft tannin and acidity. All really fun to try. Thanks Bradley!

Had a vertical of 08-09-10. The 08 and 10 were a bit funky and overripe. Alcohols were quite high. The 09 was awesome. Perfect balance of fruit, earths, soft tannin and acidity. All really fun to try. Thanks Bradley!

Nov 23rd, 2018
Kurt-Inge Eklund

New world winegrowing and old world winemaking

New world winegrowing and old world winemaking

Sep 23rd, 2018
Greg Gregory

Great wine. 50/50 Merlot/CS. Philippe made the Merlot, Heidi the Cab and Philippe blended the wine.

Great wine. 50/50 Merlot/CS. Philippe made the Merlot, Heidi the Cab and Philippe blended the wine.

Sep 2nd, 2018