DAOU Vineyards Celestus Red Blend 2010
Other Red Blends from Central Coast, California
A vivacious purple rim is exposed when the wine is tilted in the glass. The nose is covered with fresh picked mint and blackberries. When tasted, the evidence of Syrah is exposed through black pepper notes and cooked blueberries. The structure has firm tannins with slight hints of acidity in an effort to showcase the powerful fruit aromas. The long seamless finish includes black currants and dark cherries.
Blend: 59% Syrah, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot
Tasting Panel - "A blend of 59% Syrah, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot, this is the best vintage of Celestus yet. A tightrope on the upper palate holds up sculpted tannins while the back of the mouth collects and energetic and enticing focus of black fruit and licorice. Brambly and peppered, this is a fine salute to Paso Robles' great charms; the juicy middle flows into a stream of sage, heather and mineral-earth."
Wine Spectator - "Tight and attractive, this well-structured red offers a range of dried currant, road tar, crushed rock and mineral flavors. Given its level of intensity, this begs for at least short-term cellaring. Ends with chewy, integrated tannins. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2014 through 2023."
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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Light & Fruity
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Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
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