DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
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
"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."
"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. "
The Wine Advocate
"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."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
Big & Bold
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.
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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.
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