DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label
DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label

DAOU Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (3 Liter Bottle) 2012

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3000ML / 14.2% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Thick slow moving tears tint the glass with a vibrant violet hue. When brought to the nose, a bouquet of fresh cut violets and blueberry fruit fills the senses. The aromas are intense yet subtle and the palate is treated to include blackberries and blackcurrant. The bright, fresh acidity combined with subtle tannins is backed by crushed rock-like minerality that gives it a long, lingering finish. This wine is a testament to the quality and commitment to Cabernet Sauvignon on DAOU Mountain.

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tasted out of barrel, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve shows the vintage’s more forward, supple and textured style. Full-bodied, beautifully concentrated and rich, it offers impressive black and blue fruits, graphite and crushed rock-like minerality in its rounded, decadent personality. It will be ready to go on release and evolve nicely through 2022.

Range: 92-94 PointsBarrel Tasting

CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide
This very solid and sturdy rendition is further evidence that good things are afoot with Paso Robles Cabernet, and, although a decidedly tannic youngster in need of a lengthy stay in cellar, it is a deep and densely packed effort of unquestioned potential. It is fully ripe but backs away from the come-hither sweetness that might tempt early drinking, and its long, relatively tight, well-extracted flavors are those of a wine that will need some eight to ten years before growing into its best.
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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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