"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvée is probably the qualitative equivalent of the 2012, but slightly more backward and coiled tight. Coming from three vineyards that Robin Lail uses in Napa Valley: one in Calistoga, one in Oakville and the other on Howell Mountain. This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in about three-fourths new French oak. Just under 1,000 cases are produced. The 2013 comes across like a Napa version of the famous Château Montrose in Bordeaux's St.-Estephe. Earthy notes intermixed with chocolate, blackcurrant liqueur, grilled meats and spice are all present in this opaque purple wine. Graphite and floral notes are also present. It is full-bodied and ripe with beautiful purity and superbly integrated acidity, alcohol, wood and tannin. This wine needs another 4-5 years, as it's less dramatic and flamboyant compared to the 2012. It should evolve and age beautifully for 30+ years. -RP" –Oct 2015
"Inky, opulent and intense, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon John Daniel Cuvée will thrill readers who enjoy big wines. Chocolate, mocha, cloves and new leather are all pushed forward in a full-throttle, unapologetically rich wine. As good as the 2013 is - and it is gorgeous - the underlying pedigree here is such that this could be a materially better wine. -AG"
"Lail's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon John Daniel cuvée marries the intensity of the house style with the structure of the vintage. Heavy torrefaction notes, mocha, French oak, licorice and spices wrap around a core of super-ripe blue and blackish fruit in this large-scaled, racy Cabernet Sauvignon. (90-92)" –Jan 2015
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2013 Lail 'J.Daniel Cuvée' Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Lail Vineyards
The fruit comes from three distinctive vineyard sources: one in Calistoga, one in Oakville and one on Howell Mountain. This wine is aged 20 months in French Oak barrels (75% new). "J. Daniel Cuvée" is named after Robin Lail's father, John Daniel Jr., a Napa Valley winemaker who left a legacy of excellence at the legendary Inglenook. (1,000 cases)