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Date Printed: 7/22/2014
DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 119960)
Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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

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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.