2006 Lail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon "J Daniel Cuvee"
Winery: Lail Vineyards
Wine Name/Vineyard: "J Daniel Cuvee"
Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Napa Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 705
KWG Score: 94.5 (based on 4 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (94)
Review date: July 23, 2009
Wine Review: This very dark opaque purple colored Cab from Lail is quite impressive. It opens with an attractive spicy black raspberry and menthol like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, extremely well balanced, silky, and elegant. The flavor profile is a delicious ripe black cherry with notes of dusty blackberry and a touch of black licorice on the back palate. This was also a hint of oak detected as well. The finish is quite dry and it has rather lengthy cherry soaked tannins that stick around for quite some time. Pair this very impressive Cab with a filet mignon at a special occasion dinner sometime in the next year or so. Cheers - Ken
Winemaker Notes: "The 2006 harvest was normal, with our Howell Mountain and Oakville vineyards picked from mid to late October. Aged in 75% new French oak for twenty-one months, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Power, power, power comes to mind after smelling the wine, showing intense aromatics of black currant, anise, graphite, creosote and dark chocolate. Despite its power, the wine is seductive with great oak integration, delineation and purity." Philippe Melka, Winemaker
Organic status: not organic
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