2018 Lail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon J Daniel Cuvée Napa Valley
2018 Lail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon J Daniel Cuvée Napa Valley J. Daniel Cuvée 2018 is deep purple, with intense aromas of blackberries, black cherries, dried herbs and dark chocolate.The flavors add savory notes of game, smoke, anise, and crushed rocks. Full-bodied, rich, powerful, and long, with fine-grained tannins, this is a compelling and enchanting vintage for J. Daniel Cuvée.
98 Parker: The 2019 J. Daniel Cuvée 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! 98-100 Pts Parker’s WA
99 JD: 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.
Lail Vineyards traces its Napa Valley roots back five generations to the founding of Inglenook in 1879 by Gustav Niebaum, great-grand uncle of Robin Daniel Lail. Passed down to third generation owner John Daniel Jr., Inglenook thrived under his direction from 1933 to 1964 as he played a major role in the development of the Napa Valley appellation. He was recently inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame at the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone. Robin and her family partners continue the passionate quest to produce some of the very finest wines in the world. The Lail estate vineyards are extremely small and meticulously cared for. Because perfect grapes demand perfect nutrients, they tend to the land with sustainable farming and reflect the character of their vineyards in the wines by interfering as little as possible in the winery.