2014 Daou "Soul of A Lion" Adelaida District Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1311140 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Bottled just after I tasted it from barrel last year, the 2014 Soul of A Lion is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot that spent 22 months in new French oak barrels. Elegant, layered and decadent, with lots of blackcurrants, smoked earth, licorice, dark chocolate and espresso, it hits the palate with a killer, seamless texture, no hard edges and a great, great finish. It’s seriously good and up with some of the greatest Bordeaux blends from Paso Robles to date. (JebDunnuck.com)  (8/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This wine is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Soul Of A Lion has a gorgeous red and black currants nose with underlying earth, cinnamon stick, cigar box, cloves and sautéed herbs suggestions. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and yet possessing great finesse, it possesses beautiful, fine-grained tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with persistent perfumed fruit layers. (LPB)  (9/2017)

95 points Vinous

 (all new French oak): Lurid violet color. Deeply pitched cassis, cherry liqueur, cedary oak and pipe tobacco aromas are lifted by a suave floral note and a hint of cracked pepper. Rich but impressively energetic as well, showing excellent focus and power to its dark berry preserve, fruitcake, vanilla and rose pastille flavors. Smoothly balances richness and elegance and betrays absolutely no rough edges. Finishes on a sweet blue fruit note, with superb tenacity, lingering spiciness and supple, slow-building tannins. (JR)  (11/2017)

93 points Wine Spectator

 A sturdy, dense, layered style, built for short-term cellaring. Remarkable flavor doors open as this unfolds, with red berry, licorice, herb, underbrush and jazzy, toasty oak. Though enjoyable now, this will be better in a couple of years. Built for the mid-range haul. (JL)  (8/2017)

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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 (%): 14.7