Lail’s flagship wine, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon J. Daniel Cuvée, is another rich, extroverted offering. Mocha, plums, chocolate, cloves, licorice and spices all emerge from a surprisingly big, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2011 is explosive, rich and intense, with equally imposing tannins that are going to need at least a few years to settle down. This is an impressive showing from Lail. The J. Daniel Cuvée is built on a core of fruit from Heimark, plus Mole Hill and Vine Hill Ranch.
94+ points from Antonio Galloni, Vinous
“The JDC 2011 begins with a seductive nose, exploding with aromas clove, anise and mocha. The palate is very refined with rich flavors of lavish Black cherry, fresh blue and black fruits and well structured tannins. The wine shows intensity and a flowing progression that leads to a finish of lush sweet oak intermingled with various red fruit notes.”
— Philippe Melka, Winemaker