Daou Vineyards Reserve Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

$54.99

94 points - new discovery                      Daou is making some of the best Cabernets in Paso Robles today. Highly recommended. 93+ Points Robert Parker:  "Tasted from barrel, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve reveals lavish aromas of black plums, incense and asphalt, followed by a full-bodied, layered and richly tannic palate, with an abundance of ripe, fine-grained tannins and a deep, concentrated core of fruit. This has all the elements to show very well indeed from bottle." A classically styled Cabernet with a highly perfumed nose offering black cherry, cassis, anise and black olive, together with notes of plum, graphite, dried herbs, crushed gravel and Oregon blackberry. Secondary aromas of leather, cigar box and incense reveal deep, harmonious complexity. Powerful, bold and brooding, bursting with layers of black and blue fruits. Boysenberry, blueberry, spicy currant and black plum with accents of sandalwood and toffee. Dark roast espresso, hints of vanilla and lavender potpourri. Flavors are focused in their intensity and beautifully structured, balancing power and finesse throughout the mid palate. A continuing evolution of pure fruit flavors is experienced with this wine’s amazingly long and elegant finish. Will age extremely well. 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. 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.

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Ratings on Delectable

Sipping Fine Wine Delectable Pro

A blend of 78% Cab Sauv, 12% Petit Verdot & 10% Merlot. Deep Ruby with complex dark berry nose, aged for 20 months on French oak (50% new). On the palate blackberry and cherry with notes of licorice and cedar spice. Vivid acidity, fine tannins, well balanced, long finish ending with mineral and smoky cedar character. Very nice!

A blend of 78% Cab Sauv, 12% Petit Verdot & 10% Merlot. Deep Ruby with complex dark berry nose, aged for 20 months on French oak (50% new). On the palate blackberry and cherry with notes of licorice and cedar spice. Vivid acidity, fine tannins, well balanced, long finish ending with mineral and smoky cedar character. Very nice!

9.0

Chris Harvey Delectable Pro

Whole mess of vanilla bean going on here

Whole mess of vanilla bean going on here

8.8

PM

Outstanding. A real step above their very good Cabernet not reserve. We loved it. Lush, full bodied, but still with Paso Robles smoothness.

Outstanding. A real step above their very good Cabernet not reserve. We loved it. Lush, full bodied, but still with Paso Robles smoothness.

9.5

Ryan Vento

I encroached on this wine with low expectations, even with the knowledge of Daou’s reputation and the pedigree they employ. I’ve never been a fan of Paso Robles and my only run-in with Daou was unimpressive, to say the least. I digress. Tonight’s bottle was purchased to assist my wife & I with putting up Christmas decorations and I think we chose wisely. The deep, dark fruits in this juice are brooding and dense, reminding me of a thick slab of blackberry/blueberry cobbler. The notes of anise & clove offer a nice touch of spice and are even more welcome around the holiday season. The delicate notes of vanilla are pleasing and nuanced. The mouthfeel is plush and voluptuous and has enough complexity to justify the price-point. This is a well-made wine; one that makes me re-think my position on Paso Robles.

I encroached on this wine with low expectations, even with the knowledge of Daou’s reputation and the pedigree they employ. I’ve never been a fan of Paso Robles and my only run-in with Daou was unimpressive, to say the least. I digress. Tonight’s bottle was purchased to assist my wife & I with putting up Christmas decorations and I think we chose wisely. The deep, dark fruits in this juice are brooding and dense, reminding me of a thick slab of blackberry/blueberry cobbler. The notes of anise & clove offer a nice touch of spice and are even more welcome around the holiday season. The delicate notes of vanilla are pleasing and nuanced. The mouthfeel is plush and voluptuous and has enough complexity to justify the price-point. This is a well-made wine; one that makes me re-think my position on Paso Robles.

9.2

Katie

A true cab. Tannins everywhere.

A true cab. Tannins everywhere.

8.0

Nikki Vlasic

Really really great wine! Thank you so much @James Vlasic ♥️ so thoughtful of you and Mom!!

Really really great wine! Thank you so much @James Vlasic ♥️ so thoughtful of you and Mom!!

9.5

S Christovich

Should open up even better and pair well with my dinner.

Should open up even better and pair well with my dinner.

8.9

Bruce Bristow

Good tannins, aroma and perfect balance. Great cab!

Good tannins, aroma and perfect balance. Great cab!

9.2

michael

Very smooth...had it with a bone i16 oz filet mignon

Very smooth...had it with a bone i16 oz filet mignon

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