DAOU Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Paso Robles 2015

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DAOU Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Paso Robles 2015

48.00

Winemaker Notes: A rich and compelling nose of black currant, ripe Bing cherries and smoky, toasty oak is redolent of warm cherry pie and blackberry cobbler. Behind the very forward dark fruits lie notes of black olive, licorice, crème de menthe, crushed stone and just a hint of ground espresso bean. On the palate is a veritable explosion of fresh fruit flavors, plump, voluptuous and pure. Blackberry, plum and cherry, and even nuances of pomegranate and cranberry. A steely, dusty minerality underlies this solid fruit core, latent power obscured by an oh-so silky texture. A firm handshake in a velvet glove. An amazing finish that replays the currant and black cherry layers interspersed with herbs and sandalwood that just won’t let go. It is in this finish where the power and purity of this wine is proven.

Accolades - 91 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate; 91+ points, Jeb Dunnuck

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THE VINTAGE | The season started out on track with a warmer month of March and April. Bud break started early march and the soils benefited from a little more rain than the previous few years. May brought very cold temperatures to the mountain and strong winds which resulted in severe shatter. As a result of this, yields were 50% or more down from normal. At last, heat finally arrived early June which allowed the small crop to ripen beautifully and on time by early September. 2015 did not see many heat spikes during the vintage and was a cooler vintage than normal. Because of the low yield, flavors are intense and balanced and tannins are very well integrated.

DAOU VINEYARDS & WINERY | Family owned and operated, DAOU Vineyards & Winery is committed to producing collectible, world-class wines to rival the most respected appellations in the world. DAOU Mountain’s combination of remarkable geology, microclimate, a 2,200-foot elevation, and steep slopes gives it a terroir described as “a jewel of ecological elements.” As stewards of this beautiful terroir, our goal is to make fine wines that honestly and accurately reflect the potential of the estate. Accolades | 91 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate; 91+ points, Jeb Dunnuck

Barrel Aging | 20 months in 50% new French oak Alcohol | 14.5%