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Lail J. Daniel Cuvée 2012

Lail J. Daniel Cuvée 2012


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Vintage 2012 has been regarded by all of the specialists as the perfect season. Personally, it has always been so difficult to chant about perfection, but tasting 2012 is nothing else but pure 'deliciousness' with flavors that excite your senses and a mouth-feel that makes you feel invincible...what a beast.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Lail
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Wine AdvocateAbsolutely perfect and one of the monumental wines of my long tasting trip in Napa is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvée. I didn't see this from barrel last year. Aged 20 months in 75% new French oak and representing 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from three vineyard sources: one in Calistoga, one in Oakville and one in Howell Mountain. Robin Lail and winemaker Philippe Melka hit pay dirt with a wine that has an inky purple color, an almost amazing bouquet that reminded me of 1989 Chateau Montrose when it was young. Sweet almost truffle-infused earth, graphite, forest floor, blackcurrant and black cherry notes are followed by a full-bodied wine with a hint of mocha and licorice. Superb purity, an incremental, yet full-bodied mouthfeel, and an extravagant, layered texture and finish make for the finest wine Robin Lail has produced to date at her winery. Drink it over the next 25-35 years.

Robert Parker, October 2014