DAOU Vineyards Soul of a Lion 2013 Front Label
DAOU Vineyards Soul of a Lion 2013 Front Label

DAOU Vineyards Soul of a Lion 2013

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750ML / 14.7% ABV
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750ML / 14.7% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2013 DAOU Estate Soul of a Lion shows beautiful depth of color. The black velvety core leads to aromas of early spring violets, crushed blueberries, and shaved chocolate. The palate is seductively balanced by the unique tartness of black raspberries and concentrated oral complexity of crème de cassis. Nuanced vanilla bean, cedar forest floor, and spiced tobacco round out the spectrum flavors. Integrated tannins, bright acidity, and moderate alcohol naturally extend into a seamless finish that lingers on the senses. Made from maturing vines, this wine showcases the best of DAOU Mountain terroir.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Still in barrel, the 2013 Soul Of A Lion checks in as a rough blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot that's aging in 100% new French oak. It's a serious effort that has lots of chalky minerality in its blue fruits, espresso roast, lead pencil and graphite-styled bouquet. Made in a full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal style, it has terrific purity of fruit, a massive mid-palate and ample sweet tannin. Drink this beauty anytime over the coming 10-15 years.
Barrel Sample: 94-96 Points
WW 94
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Can a wine roar? The full-bodied 2013 Daou Soul of The Lion—a proprietary red wine of Bordeaux varieties—comes onto the palate with tremendous power and strength, yet recoils at the end to show a touch of elegance. Black fruit, earth and oak come to the fore and make this a perfect red wine with a well-marbled ribeye of beef. Just beginning to drink well. (Tasted: May 9, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
WS 90
Wine Spectator
A powerful, explosive offering of rich currant, blackberry, licorice, loamy earth, cedar and tobacco flavors. Sizable in every way, with a measure of grace and finesse that sustains the long, persistent finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2032. 1,000 cases made.
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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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Covering the Santa Lucia Range in the northwestern portion of the greater Paso Robles appellation, the Adelaida District AVA reaches from 900 feet to over 2,000 feet in elevation. The appellation does well with Rhone and Bordeaux varieties as well as Zinfandel.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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