DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
The 2010 DAOU Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a sensation. Thick, slow moving tears tint the glass with a vibrant violet hue. The nose has a bouquet of fresh cut lilacs combining with sensations of shaved dark chocolate. The intense yet subtle aromas the palate is treated to include pressed raspberries, blackberries and loganberries. Secondary aromas on the back of the palate include cedar, tobacco and winter spices. The bright, fresh acidity combined with subtle tannins are a testament to the quality of commitment to Cabernet grown on DAOU Mountain.
Tasting Panel - "Rich, dark and deep with velvety texture and dense blackberry, blueberry and spice; smooth chocolate, toasty vanilla oak and ripe, juicy style; complex, balanced, layered and long"
The Wine Advocate - "More serious and rich, with more mid-palate depth and richness, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is comprised of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot that spent 18 months in 80% new French oak barrels. Rich, concentrated and medium to full-bodied, it firms up nicely on the finish with ripe, polished tannin. Already delicious, it nevertheless has the depth and structure to evolve for over a decade. Drink now-2020. "
Wine Enthusiast - "Rich, dense, soft and incredibly concentrated, this Cabernet gives wave after wave of blackberry jam, chocolate, licorice and cedar flavors. Feels elegant, complex and fine."
International Wine Cellar - "Inky ruby. Oak-spiced dark fruits and candied licorice on the nose and palate, with a floral nuance gaining strength with air. Fleshy and smooth in texture, displaying impressive depth and vivacity. Finishes on a sweet note, with velvety, harmonious tannins adding grip."
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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.
Gracefully perched atop a stunning promontory at 2,200 feet, the DAOU Spanish Colonial style winery is embraced by a tangible serenity. Hawks wheel and bank while the all-day sun caresses close planted rows of lush, emerald green vines. The 100 percent calcareous soil makes no sound as it passes out nourishment and only a gentle breeze flows up through the Templeton Gap from the Pacific. The quiet is bewitching; you want to lay down roots here, just as the four-year-old vines have done. But the sense of peace belies the serious industry at work on this 100 acre estate. No effort is spared to create the luscious varietals and blends that flow from this limited production winery. This kind of synergy happens rarely: superlative climate and terroir, super intensive vineyard culture, and cutting edge viticultural practice. You're more likely to find it in Bordeaux than Central California. Coupled with the infectious passion and gracious, family style hospitality of the Daou brothers, Georges and Daniel, the result is pure magic. The kind of magic that comes in a bottle. View all DAOU Vineyards Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
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 FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- <img border="0" align = "center" src="/images/Category/Varietal_Red_Wine.jpg" width="750" height="300">Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.