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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 »

WA 94
WS 92
Drink Dates
Comm: 2009-2025 WA: 2012-2027 WS: 2005-2011
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WA 94
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 201
Drink Dates 2012-2027

Complex notes of forest floor, espresso roast, white chocolate, blackberries and black currants jump from the glass of this expressive, relatively mature Cabernet Sauvignon. A notion of wet rocks gives the wine minerality, and the vintage's high glycerin and fatness provide a rich, corpulent, full-bodied texture. The wine's impressive purity and ripe tannin are symptomatic of high-class winemaking as well as an excellent grape source. This beautifully made 2002 is reminiscent of a ripe Bordeaux blended with a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It should continue to drink beautifully for another 10-15 years.

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WS 92
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2005-2011

Elegant and stylish, with a delicate, creamy texture leading to a tasty core of mocha-laced currant, anise, wild berry and plum flavors. The tight focus keeps the flavors flowing on a long, luxurious finish.

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Author johnswu
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.805%
Tasted On 03/11/2015

Consumed @ Republiqu with HJ. When the waitress came with the decanter, the wine was SINGING loudly. I could smell it so strongly. Sweet fruits, alcohol, wet rocks, clove spice. The waiter poured a taste and it was excellent! So integrated and balanced with some spice and oak. Did not particularly get better during the dinner, it came out strong and stayed strong. This is ready to drink now!

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Author Koby
Site / Blog The Wine Forum Trust Rating 97.574%
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 94.924%
Tasted On 01/28/2012
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