Daou Vineyards Reserve Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

$54.99

94 points - new discovery                      Daou is making some of the best Cabernets in Paso Robles today. Highly recommended. 94 Points Robert Parker:  "The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is made up of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 9% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc and was aged 20 months in 50% new French oak. Deep ruby-purple in the glass, it has a spicy nose with aromas of cinnamon stick, baked marionberries, cedar, crème de cassis and pure baked blackberries with nuances of lilacs, pink peppercorn and charcuterie plus a classy framing of new oak. The palate is medium to full-bodied and slow to unfurl, eventually spreading its wings to explosive, savory-laced black fruits. Texturally, it's powerful but with finely dispersed, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long and wonderfully layered." 94 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a solid step up, revealing a saturated purple color, fresh, vibrant notes of blueberries, black raspberries, violets, and ample chalky minerality, medium to full body, and just beautiful overall balance and purity. It’s the real deal and a seriously good Cabernet in the making." 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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Brilliant violet. Pungent, mineral-accented cassis, cherry preserve, floral and pipe tobacco scents pick up a sexy vanilla quality as the wine opens up. Shows impressive depth as well as energy on the palate, offering sweet dark berry, cherry-vanilla and floral pastille flavors that become spicier on the back half. Finishes with excellent clarity and solid dark-fruit thrust, displaying harmonious tannins and lingering floral, vanilla and chewing tobacco notes. Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels, half of them new. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2020)

Brilliant violet. Pungent, mineral-accented cassis, cherry preserve, floral and pipe tobacco scents pick up a sexy vanilla quality as the wine opens up. Shows impressive depth as well as energy on the palate, offering sweet dark berry, cherry-vanilla and floral pastille flavors that become spicier on the back half. Finishes with excellent clarity and solid dark-fruit thrust, displaying harmonious tannins and lingering floral, vanilla and chewing tobacco notes. Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels, half of them new. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2020)

9.4

Boris Mathiszik Delectable Pro

Very smooth, balanced and long finish. Rating affirmed at NCWC tasting 12/6/19.

Very smooth, balanced and long finish. Rating affirmed at NCWC tasting 12/6/19.

9.3

Eric Urbani Delectable Pro

Same Blend as their standard Cab, except they free run the juice. Plush style

Same Blend as their standard Cab, except they free run the juice. Plush style

9.1

Peter Montoleone

Very balance and smooth with a great finish. Excellent value!

Very balance and smooth with a great finish. Excellent value!

9.1

Joe Fischer

Very nice!!!! Had this at Ruth’s Chris for dinner. Blackberry and currant. A bit of earthy mushroom aroma as well. Very smooth. I’d definitely buy a bottle again.

Very nice!!!! Had this at Ruth’s Chris for dinner. Blackberry and currant. A bit of earthy mushroom aroma as well. Very smooth. I’d definitely buy a bottle again.

9.2

Alan Hyde

Delicious dark berries on the palate. Complex finish. Wonderful

Delicious dark berries on the palate. Complex finish. Wonderful

9.2

Dana Wagner

Has a lot of hype, but for a $30 cabernet from this label it really should be better. Lots of oak, spices and dark fruit. Almost smells and tastes more like a syrah. Dark berries. Certainly not bad, but I expected better.

Has a lot of hype, but for a $30 cabernet from this label it really should be better. Lots of oak, spices and dark fruit. Almost smells and tastes more like a syrah. Dark berries. Certainly not bad, but I expected better.

8.5

Aman Rangrass

Balanced with fruity notes. Affordable yet elegant

Balanced with fruity notes. Affordable yet elegant

9.0

Jacob smith

I got the black cherry, current and my got the black berry and plum. I think it was a little youthful still would be better in 2-3 years. Very smooth body. Medium to heavy. Alot vinalla with some flower notes. Would drink again. Covid-19 wine

I got the black cherry, current and my got the black berry and plum. I think it was a little youthful still would be better in 2-3 years. Very smooth body. Medium to heavy. Alot vinalla with some flower notes. Would drink again. Covid-19 wine

8.5

M. Christopher Roebuck

92 points

92 points

9.2

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