DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label
DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Front Label

DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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750ML / 14.2% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2010 DAOU Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a sensation. Thick, slow moving tears tint the glass with a vibrant violet hue. The nose has a bouquet of fresh cut lilacs combining with sensations of shaved dark chocolate. The intense yet subtle aromas the palate is treated to include pressed raspberries, blackberries and loganberries. Secondary aromas on the back of the palate include cedar, tobacco and winter spices. The bright, fresh acidity combined with subtle tannins are a testament to the quality of commitment to Cabernet grown on DAOU Mountain.

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TP 94
Tasting Panel
Rich, dark and deep with velvety texture and dense blackberry, blueberry and spice; smooth chocolate, toasty vanilla oak and ripe, juicy style; complex, balanced, layered and long
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
More serious and rich, with more mid-palate depth and richness, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is comprised of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot that spent 18 months in 80% new French oak barrels. Rich, concentrated and medium to full-bodied, it firms up nicely on the finish with ripe, polished tannin. Already delicious, it nevertheless has the depth and structure to evolve for over a decade. Drink now-2020.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
Rich, dense, soft and incredibly concentrated, this Cabernet gives wave after wave of blackberry jam, chocolate, licorice and cedar flavors. Feels elegant, complex and fine.
CG 90
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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.

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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.

Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

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