DAOU Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
|Region||California, Central Coast, Paso Robles|
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.
Based on 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc that spent 20 months in 50% new French oak, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve boasts a deep purple color as well as more savory, complex notes than the base Cabernet Sauvignon, with terrific cassis and blackcurrant fruits, tobacco, chocolate, earth, and lead pencil nuances. Full-bodied and balanced, it's a ripe, powerful wine that never puts a foot wrong.