Lail J. Daniel Cuvée 2013
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Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel CuvÃÂÃÂ©e 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 ChÃÂÃÂ¢teau 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.