DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is our flagship wine and is com-posed primarily of grapes harvested from DAOU Mountain. Our winemaker, Daniel Daou, has a deep passion for this Bordeaux va-rietal and has made it his mission to make a Paso Robles Cab that will rival any in the world.
A blue hue shades the side of the glass while the wine's tears lead you to a dark crimson core. The glass showcases scents of crushed boysenber-ries and black currants which is followed by hints of cedar box and to-bacco leaves. The wine's structure consists of benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon traits. Moderate acidity combines with firm but revealing tannins. When tasted the complexity of the dark fruit with the second-ary aromas provide a seamless balance. The French oak's spices of nut-meg, cloves and vanilla help add to the complexity and balance of this wine. The forward fruit allows this wine to be enjoyed today and the structure will allow it to be drunk over the next decade.
Blend: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot
Tasting Panel - "One of the stars of the vintage; loaded and well-built; firm, with berry and black currant flavors; shows excellent depth and range of flavors; youthful and bright; has cellaring potential of a half a dozen years or so."
Wine Enthusiast - "Black cherry, leather, tar and nose-tickling clove aromas mix with a tad of green pepper on the nose of this signature bottling. The wine is very elegant in structure and memorable in flavors of peppercorn and cherry pie, all while retaining an acidic tartness."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and the rest Merlot) is a complete, elegant and balanced red that gives up classic black cherries, wild herbs, tobacco leaf and spice-driven aromas and flavors. It has remarkable purity and a focused, clean finish. Drink it over the coming decade or more. "
International Wine Cellar - "Inky purple. Pungent aromas of dried cherry, blackberry and musky herbs, with a subtle floral nuance building with air. Juicy, concentrated and expansive, offering bitter cherry and licorice flavors and a hint of rose pastille. Dusty tannins give shape to the clinging, smoke-accented finish, very persistent finish."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a huge wine. Black fruit, spices, smoke and licorice jump from the glass in an exuberant, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon endowed with notable depth and tons of pure texture. The style is super-ripe, opulent and intense, but all the elements are very nicely balanced."
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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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1 rating, 1 with reviewRon Blachman - Berkeley, CA47/9/2014
Huge but lacking finesse. Deep purple-red, full body. The nose is straight-up varietal and pretty big at first though it fades and returns with air...curious; secondary notes of cassis, dried fruit, earth. There's plenty of fruit, dark and tarry, ample acid to balance and tannin to go a long way. Right now the wine's youth is apparent, it is pretty rough. This could be a great wine in 20 to 25 years - or not. There's too much alcohol in the nose and on the palate right now. It is amazingly big but I'm uncertain if it will become more refined with time. You can find an interesting risk like this at half the price but if you've money to experiment and you're young enough to wait you might buy a few bottles and forget them for a couple of decades.Related ProductsThe 2010 Ladera Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the best our vineyard has to offer. Rich and decadent, this ...
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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
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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