DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
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DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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Winemaker Notes

Blackberry, cassis, plum and currant aromas greet the nose, surrounded by black olives, anise, leather and cigar box. Notes of graphite and crushed stone mingle with just a hint of cool mint. Robust and full bodied, an undercurrent of restrained power is palpable just below the surface at the core of this wine. Firm, fine grained tannins provide ample backbone for the layers of boysenberry, black cherry, licorice and dried herb flavors. Meaty and fleshy while retaining an overall elegance, it finishes with authority and finesse.

Blend: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 10% Merlot

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
Inky in the glass, this rich and structured bottling offers a plump black-currant aroma, along with pinches of pepper and tightly woven oak. The palate lands softly and then the tannins rise up, offering savory flavors of charred beef, dark chocolate and black cherry. Drink 2020–2036.
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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot aged 20 months in 50% new French oak. It has a deep ruby-purple color and very pretty and pure scents of crème de cassis, warm marionberries and blackberry pie with notes of cedar, chocolate-covered cherries, graphite, iron ore and a waft of blackcurrant bud, plus a classy framing of sweet oak spices. The palate is medium to full-bodied, silky, elegant and expertly restrained with mineral-streaked fruit, incredibly soft, grainy tannins, seamless freshness and a long, lifted finish.

JD 93
Jeb Dunnuck
Schedule to be bottled in June of next year, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot and the balance Merlot) is beautiful. Cassis, plums, licorice and spring flowers all emerge from this downright hedonistic, plump, sexy, beauty of a Cabernet that's a smoking value. Like with the 2015 this will end up spending 20 months in 50% new French oak.
Barrel Sample: 91-93
JS 93
James Suckling

I love the very dark and ripe cassis nose of this prototypical California cabernet. The stunning fruit carries the generous, moderately dry tannins beautifully. Long, surprisingly elegant finish for a wine of this scale. Better from 2020.

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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, Malbecand 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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