DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
A crimson core that when tilted will dye the glass with a beautiful shades of violets. The nose is presented with a garland of winter spices, and dried sage. The spices are followed by tremendously ripe raspberries that are balanced with dark fruit driven by fresh Marion berry. The poise of acidity and fruit make for a seamless first taste. The palate is filled with a soft almost chocolate mousse affect and the aroma of pure raspberry extract confirms the ripeness of the grapes.
Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot
"A snapshot of earthy white pepper with a raspberry core sets off this dense, intense violet muse. Its linear, extracted body is more structure than splash, but what zooms into focus is tremendous clarity of character."
"Inky ruby. Intense aromas and flavors of bitter cherry, cassis, cured tobacco and candied flowers. Taut and spicy, with excellent clarity and structure but no rough edges. A youthful, focused wine that finishes with impressive thrust and resonating spiciness. Definitely give this wine some cellar time.
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In the golden, oak-studded hills of Paso Robles' fabled west side, not far from William Randolph Hearst's magnificent castle, there is a man with a Homeric vision. His name is Daniel Daou and he is devoting his life and every imaginable resource to creating, first and foremost, a Cabernet Sauvignon that rivals the very best in the world.
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The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...
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(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...
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