Lail J. Daniel Cuvee 2010

Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 127208
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • collectible wine
  • V96
  • ST93
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

The 2010 J. Daniel Cuvee has a nose that kicks off with unbelievably dark tones of cacao, blackberry and rich leather laced with red current. After letting the wine breathe the finer aromatic nuances begin to emerge with tones of fresh cut violets and cardamom. The attack is soft and nicely layered with ample body. The grape and oak tannins have married well to bring a fine grained pliable texture to the mid palate as well as considerable weight and density. It's finish is round and lengthy that follows through with pleasant friendly tannins that will bring you back for another glass.

Critical Acclaim

"Lail’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon John Daniel Cuvee bursts from the glass with explosive fruit, firm tannins and deeply pitched spice notes. This is another wine endowed with gorgeous balance and tons of personality, but it needs time to settle down. Blueberry jam, cloves, mint and licorice are some of the nuances that flesh out on a rich, saline-infused finish supported by firm, insistent tannins. With time in the glass, the 2010 gets better and better. The 2010 was made from a blend of fruit from Heimark and Vine Hill Ranch. The wine spent 19 months in French oak barrels, 78% new."
96 Points

"Good full medium ruby. Expressive, slightly high-toned aromas of blueberry, licorice pastille, mocha, coffee, black olive, minerals and crushed rock. Youthfully tight but densely packed and serious, with a piquant vein of peppery acidity enlivening the concentrated flavors of currant, minerals and spices. Finishes with outstanding rising length and a firm spine of acids and harmonious tannins. Lay this one down. I significantly underrated this wine from barrel a year ago, when it came across as greener."
93 Points

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Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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