Lail Vineyards

J. Daniel Cuvée Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.121 ratings
8.810 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
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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
Mark Eastom

See the 2008 post for notes please.

See the 2008 post for notes please.

Nov 23rd, 2018
David L

10' decanted for hours. Firm ripe tannins. A backbone of strong acidity. Extraordinarily complexed. An assortment of black fruits. Time will help this vintage. Drink the 08' now. @ Humuhumunukunukuapua'a in Maui,HI

10' decanted for hours. Firm ripe tannins. A backbone of strong acidity. Extraordinarily complexed. An assortment of black fruits. Time will help this vintage. Drink the 08' now. @ Humuhumunukunukuapua'a in Maui,HI

Aug 11th, 2015
Danielle Price

Owner Maison du Prix Wines, Cofounder Coup de Foudre, Former Executive Director of Wine Wynn Resorts

7.9

Red fruits & floral nose with coal fireplace, lead pencil & stalky greenish palate. Alcohol way too pronounced & harsh on finish.

Red fruits & floral nose with coal fireplace, lead pencil & stalky greenish palate. Alcohol way too pronounced & harsh on finish.

Apr 4th, 2015
Michael L S

This certainly reads California. Initially it was fairly fruit forward but with air the structure comes forward and the wine is better for it. The tannins bring a pleasant earthiness. It’s big but not over the top.

This certainly reads California. Initially it was fairly fruit forward but with air the structure comes forward and the wine is better for it. The tannins bring a pleasant earthiness. It’s big but not over the top.

Mar 1st, 2018
Erik Wochna

10’ vintage

10’ vintage

Nov 21st, 2019
Zane Fiala

Zane had this 3 years ago

Zane had this 3 years ago

Mar 26th, 2017
Greg Gregory

Greg had this 5 years ago

Greg had this 5 years ago

Mar 16th, 2015
Greg Gregory

Greg had this 6 years ago

Greg had this 6 years ago

Feb 22nd, 2014
Melissa Smith

Sommelier/Sake Buyer K&L Wines

7.6

Melissa had this 7 years ago

Melissa had this 7 years ago

Nov 24th, 2013