• Producer: Lail Vineyards - read about the Estate
  • Winemaker: Philippe Melka
  • Region (AVA): Napa (Napa Valley)
  • Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vintage production: 1,290 cases
  • Winery location: Rutherford
  • Owner: Robin Lail
  • First Vintage: 1995
  • Drinking window: 2021-2048


About the Wine:


Lail Vineyards' flagship wine is named for John Daniel Jr., ancestor to the Lail Vineyards legacy. A 21st century interpretation of the family’s highly-acclaimed Cabernet blends of the past, the J. Daniel Cuvée is a beautifully integrated, Bordeaux style blend of estate and premium vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon selections.


The J. Daniel Cuvée is always 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, for which there are three vineyard sources: the Heimark Vineyard in Calistoga, the Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard in Oakville and the famed Mole Hill Vineyard on Howell Mountain, within which Robin's home is located. In 2017, Phlippe and Robin hand-selected the stunning Stelzner Vineyard in Stags Leap District as a source, adding an incredible new dimension to the wine.


This unique combination of 'Grand Cru' sites makes the J. Daniel Cuvée the only wine in Napa to blend fruit from Oakville and Howell Mountain: the key to this Cabernet's stunning depth and complexity.


Lail Vineyards J. Daniel Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

  • "The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvee comes from a mix of terroirs (Howell Mountain, Stags Leap, Oakville, Calistoga) and is brought up in 75% new French oak. Heavenly notes of red and black currants, dried tobacco, sandalwood, flowers, and spice give way to a full-bodied, concentrated, yet weightless texture that carries awesome tannins, no hard edges, and just flawless balance. This majestic, regal wine is going to drink brilliantly for 25 years or more."

    100 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2021)


    "Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 J. Daniel Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for 20 months in French oak barrels, 75% new. Very deep garnet-purple in color, it soars out of the glass with seductive notes of crème de cassis, blueberry preserves and Black Forest cake, followed by suggestions of espresso, yeast extract, black truffles and charcoal plus a fragrant waft of violets. Full-bodied, rich and opulently fruited in the mouth, it has layer upon layer of black fruit preserves, earthy nuances and savory sparks, framed by firm, finely grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and fragrant. 1,290 cases were made."

    99 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Jan. 2021)