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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
DAOU Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
DAOU Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
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Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 94 points
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Rich deep dark berry color with creamy mocha-espresso flavors is the first impression of this wine. The tannins are well-integrated with the fruit and create a long finish that keeps going. It's full-bodied with a saturated finish while accompanied by bright acidity and infused by black current and cooked blueberries. Balanced and intense, it showcases what Bordeaux varieties can perform when managed correctly.
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About DAOU Vineyards:

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.