2015 Daou Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1272618 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 The Daou brothers have become increasingly known for their rich, unctuous and lavish high-end wines, but this bottling offers a taste of that opulence for just $30. Plump blueberry and soft, cedar-like spice scents show on the nose, while the palate bursts with black cherry, dark chocolate and caramel flavors, powered by ample acidity. It will age gracefully, but is already delicious. *Editors' Choice* (MK)  (7/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Plump and juicy, this seamless effort is focused on red berry and jammy notes, showing plush tannins, depth of flavor and length. Ultraripe but stays within bounds. Drink now through 2030. (JL, Web Only-2017)

90-91 points Vinous

 Dark purple. Energetic, spice-tinged aromas of dried cherry, red currant, mocha and licorice. Juicy and tightly focused, showing very good energy and lift to the bitter cherry and red berry flavors. Becomes spicier and deeper with air and finishes on a youthfully chewy note, with very good persistence and dusty tannins adding structure. (JR)  (6/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up intense cassis, black plums and blackberry preserves notes with hints of spice box and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, it has firm, chewy tannins and good earthy expression on offer in the mouth, with nice freshness and persistence. (LPB)  (9/2017)

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Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/16/2016 | Send Email
Here is a crowd-pleasing lip smacker that is richly abundant with flavors of baked berries, plums, mocha, with hints of smoke and sweet spices in the nose. A wine for all seasons, this would pair well with those BBQ baby back ribs or during a chilly winter evening by the fire.

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2016 | Send Email
This wine is all about the finish...because it goes on forever! You would never expect a $20 wine to have such an immensely long and persistent finish. While the nose is a touch subdued with elegant purple plum notes, the palate comes alive with warm baking spices, boysenberry and dark chocolate.

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/4/2016 | Send Email
The Daou is perfect for people looking for a nice bold, rich Cabernet. The silky, soft tannins wrap your palate in flavors of blueberry compote, blackberry preserves, and plums with a persistent, spicy finish. Grab a bottle for your next barbecue!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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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 (%): 14.1