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2002 Lail - J Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Napa - Howell Mountain - Red

USA - California - Napa - Howell Mountain

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer Notes

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... More »

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94
Drink Dates
Comm: 2009-2025 VF: 2004-2017
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Author Koby
Site / Blog The Wine Forum Trust Rating 97.29%
Tasted On 10/05/2012
Drink Dates 2009-2025

Initially that was huge and monolithic, I suggest you open or decant for 3 hours at this time as this wine unfolded beautifully by 2 and got better over the next 3-4 hours. Perfect provenance as this wine is from the cellar of Robin Lail's home from a previous Napa visit a few years ago. Color: deep red core with a vibrant red rim Nose: black cherry, cassis, pencil shavings, black currants and some spice. A bit of heat, but this wine is integrated well. Palate: those same black cherries meld with fresh acidity, licorice, blackberries, and cassis. Long finish, a tad dry from the tannins. The palate is youthful, blind I would guess 2005. I like this now and would check in over the next 10 years.

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Author tiberite
Site / Blog mac_h Trust Rating 94.876%
Tasted On 01/28/2012
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