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Lail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvee Napa Valley 2019  - First Bottle


98-100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2019 J. Daniel Cuv?e Cabernet Sauvignon is a barrel sample with a deep garnet-purple color. It needs a little coaxing to unlock pronounced blackcurrant preserves, Black Forest cake and stewed plums scents with hints of star anise, clove oil, unsmoked cigars and tilled soil with a waft of roses. Full-bodied, the palate explodes with vibrant black fruits, framed by wonderfully plush tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Beautiful!
99 Jeb Dunnuck -
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvee is just about pure perfection and another example of Napa Valley magic. All Cabernet Sauvignon brought up in 80% new French oak, it offers an incredible bouquet of pure cassis and blackberry fruits as well as textbook Pauillac-like notes of graphite, tobacco, toasted spices, and chalky minerality. Rich, full-bodied, and powerful, it’s one of those wines that somehow marries incredible intensity and richness with no sensation of weight or heaviness, perfect balance, and a layered, multi-dimensional style that’s hard to describe. It shows more tannins and chocolaty oak with air and needs to be forgotten for 4-6 years, and it will be a 40+-year wine. It’s heavenly juice.
96 Vinous -
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvée is a total knock-out. Deep, vertical and explosive, the 2019 possesses tremendous vertical intensity and tons of sheer class. Inky dark fruit, graphite cloves, licorice and sweet French oak infuse the 2019 with tremendous complexity to complement its sheer opulence

Technical Details

  • BlendCabernet Sauvignon
  • WinemakerPhilippe Melka & Maayan Koschitzky
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia North Coast
  • AppellationNapa Valley
  • Alcohol15.7%

Lail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvee Napa Valley 2019

Cabernet Blends  |  US
WA98-100, JD99, VN96

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Right, so did you get some? We sure hope so, ‘cause this is likely all we’ll get of this beautiful creature. By now, you probably know snippets of the Lail story. Founder Robin Lail had a great-granduncle who answered to the name Gustave Niebaum. Yes, the Gustave Niebaum, founder of Inglenook. The man created what was arguably Napa’s first great wine house, before decades of drama and bad timing led to the brand’s very public downfall and deterioration into the realm of cheap jug wines (for all the sordid details, read James Conaway’s "Napa: The Story of an American Eden"). Robin Lail’s epic transformation from a young woman dispossessed to a veritable tour-de-force shaping the modern age of Napa Valley is a tale worthy of the big screen and a hero’s journey worthy of Joseph Conrad.

This release serves as the 25th anniversary of the cuvee, with Antonio Galloni going so far as to say 2019 is one of the best editions…ever. Given the number of 100 point scores this cuvee has received from critics over the years… my, my, my… that is saying something, indeed. This 100% cabernet sauvignon marries fruit from four distinct and obsessively treasured Napa Vineyards - Vine Hill Ranch in prestigious Oakville, Heimark in the eastern hillsides of Calistoga, Steltzner under the palisades of Stag’s Leap and the Lail’s own estate of Mole Hill high up on Howell Mountain. The 2019 vintage is quickly shaping up to be one of the very best Napa has ever seen, and if you’re looking for the best of the best… this might well be a contender.

This is Holy Grail status napa cab, to be sure. If you’re looking to impress your friends or shame your nemesis, this is the wine to do it!

About the Producer

Robin Daniel Lail's heritage began in 1879 with the founding of Inglenook Vineyards by her great-granduncle, the iconic Captain Gustave Niebaum. Robin is a legend, helping found Dominus and Merryvale, she is one of the most influential woman in Napa Valley history and remains that way to this day. She saw the talent in a young Philippe Melka and hired him as winemaker, it was one of his very first gigs in Napa and has remained at the helm of winemaking ever since.