Tuesday, June 10, 2008

RELEASE ALERT - Lail Vineyards

Georgia Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley - 2006 "Lail's Georgia is California's most complex and multi-dimensional Sauvignon Blanc." - Robert Parker"The grapes came from the Coombsville area where a cooler combination of soil andmicroclimate create a great harmony of flavors. In 2006 the grapes were carefully picked at night allowing them to stay cool until they were pressed. Not every vine was picked. After fermenting and aging for 19 months in one hundred percent French oak barrels, the wine was bottled in early April 2008 without fining or filtration. This 100% Sauvignon Blanc offers lemony aromas followed by a body rich with a perfect balance of acidity and minerality. The wine finishes with an impressive length of citrus, cream of vanilla and passion fruit." - Philippe Melka, winemaker $90 ea
J. Daniel Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley - 2005 "Dense ruby/purple in color, with notes of graphite, black current, coffee bean, crushed rock, chocolate and spice, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied, powerful, tannic, and seems to combine the best of both a top Bordeaux and a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon." (94 points) - Robert Parker"Good full medium ruby. Black cherry, cassis and licorice on the slightly medicinal nose.Pliant, juicy and spicy, with good grip to the flavors of dark berries, plum and bittersweet chocolate; this reminded me of a St. Julien. Nicely tactile wine, finishing persistent and complex, with dusty tannins. A very successful vintage for this wine." (93 points) - Stephen Tanzer"The spring of 2005 was very wet, but the summer that followed was mild. The grapes had a long hang time and we harvested about ten days later than normal. The Cabernet Sauvignon has an intense ruby color and presents a very seductive nose. The attack in the mouth is dense with soft texture and layers of fruit. The wine expresses the harmony and finesse of a 'grand vin'." - Philippe Melka, winemaker $125 ea/$275 for magnum.
Unfortunately for us, this is going to be a pass for us after a busy and expensive Spring mailer season.

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