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DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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750ML / 14.2% ABV
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750ML / 14.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This full-bodied and rich wine displays aromas of jasmin and violets. Supple, yet concentrated, it offers impressive blue and black fruits, graphite, ash, and crushed rock-like Minerality. The texture is seamless and accompanied by plum, black currant, and blueberry flavors with hints of vanilla and pipe tobacco. The long finish resonates with notes of rich chocolate. This is one powerful wine that will keep evolving for many years to come.

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
There's an elegant weave to the aromas of this bottling, with soy, dried dill, peppercorns, crushed gravel and a touch of cedar laced throughout the black fruit on the nose. Perfectly rounded black currant, black cassis and black cherry fruits show on the sip, which is leveled by violets and pencil shavings.
WW 93
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
A remarkable wine from one of the most serious wineries in Paso Robles—even the most knowledgeable wine experts have yet to understand the limits of this diverse viticultural area. Paso—as locals call it, is still on a growth curve. I have visited the property and was amazed by all of the work the family has put into this project. The 2013 Daou Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a quite a massive wine. Simultaneously opulent and elegant, the wine, packed with generous berry, earth and mineral notes, is made for current and future enjoyment. This would make a delightful pairing with an aged Stilton in a dozen years. (Tasted: May 9, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is deep, nicely concentrated and full-bodied, with beautiful freshness and focus in its cassis, black currants, damp earth and chocolate aromas and flavors. It's currently more tight and reserved than the straight Cabernet release and will be better in another year or two. Rating: 92+
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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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Paso Robles has made a name for itself as a source of supple, powerful, fruit-driven wines. But with eleven smaller sub-AVAs, there is actually quite a bit of diversity to be found in this inland portion of California’s Central Coast.

Just east over the Santa Lucia Mountains from the chilly Pacific Ocean, lie the coolest in the region: Adelaida, Templeton Gap and (Paso Robles) Willow Creek Districts, as well as York Mountain AVA and Santa Margarita Ranch. These all experience more ocean fog, wind and precipitation compared to the rest of the Paso sub-appellations. The San Miguel, (Paso Robles) Estrella, (Paso Robles) Geneso, (Paso Robles) Highlands, El Pomar and Creston Districts, along with San Juan Creek, are the hotter, more western appellations of the greater Paso Robles AVA.

This is mostly red wine country, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel standing out as the star performers. Other popular varieties include Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Grenache and Rhône blends, both red and white. There is a fairly uniform tendency here towards wines that are unapologetically bold and opulently fruit-driven, albeit with a surprising amount of acidity thanks to the region’s chilly nighttime temperatures.

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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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