2013 Lail J. Daniel Cuvee Cabernet 1.5L

$600.00
WA99+

Named for John Daniel, this brilliant wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon blended from 3 vineyards: one in Calistoga, one on Howell Mountain (Mole Hill), and one in Oakville. Parker raves, 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." A stunning, eminently collectible Cabernet in Magnum format, the optimal size for aging. "

Lail Vineyards continues to stand tall in the Napa Valley skyline. Five generations of Napa winemaking have laid the foundation for this family-owned cellar to be counted among the giants. Dating back to the legendary wines of Inglenook in the late 1800s, they have been instrumental in changing the reputation of California wine forever. A truly magical recipe that includes superstar winemaker Philippe Melka in the cellar and a commitment to using superlative fruit from their multiple estate-owned vineyards, there are few who do it better than this steward of the industry. For over 130 years, their quest for perfection and pioneering spirit of discovery have cultivated some of the most treasured wines around the world. In our never ending pursuit of "great stuff," we are proud to offer this pillar of the Napa wine landscape. The view has never looked so good!

Varietal:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker:
Philippe Melka
Vintage:
2013
Aging:
20 months
Oak Treatment:
73% new French Oak
Country of Origin:
United States
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Vineyard:
Mole Hill, Heimark, Vine Hill Ranch
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Score Wine Advocate:
99
SKU #:
1042264
Size:
1.5 Liter Bottle
WA99+

Wine Advocate

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.