2014 Daou Vineyards "Pessimist" Paso Robles Red Blend

SKU #1273350 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Pessimist is one of the more forward, ready to go and sexy releases in the lineup. Made from 37% Syrah, 27% Zinfandel, 31% Petite Sirah and the rest Tannat and Grenache, it gives up tons of sweet dark fruits, spice box, vanilla bean and sweet oak in its full-bodied, nicely balanced, mouth-filling style. It will be ready to go on release.. (JD)  (8/2016)

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By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2017 | Send Email
Daou excels at producing a certain style of rich but well-defined red that offer lots of character and drinkability with a thankfully modest price-point. The Pessimist is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Sirah, with bits of Tannat and Grenache that totally over-delivers for the price. Fans of Orin Swift will find plenty to enjoy about this bottling which features ripe raspberries, plums, black cherries, mocha, pepper, and woodsy spice for a great pairing with barbecue or just about anything off the grill.

By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/4/2016 | Send Email
I am always looking for a bottle that can match The Prisoner. The Pessimist does just that! The nose pops with cocoa spice, creme de cassis and blackberry jam. This is not for the faint of heart. Big and lush, yet smooth tannins really even it out. Great burger wine.

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Other Red Wines

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United States

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California

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.2