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2011 DAOU Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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A Cabernet Sauvignon that clings to your tongue and evolving with every sip

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The Season
The 2011 growing season was an unusually cool and long season.  There was frost in the earlier part of the year when the fruit blooms which caused a bit of an issue for the vineyard, but with the cooler temperatures, the fruit was able to hang on the vines longer, maturing slowly without the excessive heat.  It was late in the season before a heat wave hit in October, which gave the fruit a quick boost in ripening.

As a result, there was a low yield, but the fruit was packed with juice.  The cooler temperatures lead to the sugar in the fruit to be lower than usual and in turn, the alcohol was lower than past vintages as well.

The Vineyard
DAOU Mountain’s special characteristics make it one of the most unique vineyard locations in California. The Santa Lucia Mountain range in the Paso Robles AVA is highly regarded for its unique vine cultivation qualities. Here, the combination of southeast and southwest orientation, 2,200 foot elevation, steep slopes (ranging from 15% to 45%), cooler microclimate, marine influence from the renowned Templeton Gap and ideal calcareous soils create the perfect conditions to grow exceptionally high quality fruit. For most of the summer, DAOU Mountain’s vineyards stand above the frequent morning fog line, allowing them all-day access to the nourishing sunshine.

The Process
All the grapes are hand-picked and hand-sorted at DAOU. It takes about one hour to hand-sort one ton of grapes. The standard yield is about 165 gallons per ton – at DAOU the yield per ton is 80 to 100 gallons.

Unlike most wineries, when the wine goes dry (i.e. there is no more sugar), Daniel is not finished making the wine. Instead, he now begins to create the profile and identity of the wine. To do so, difficult steps are taken to macerate the wine on the skins for up to three weeks in order to break down the tannins and create an age-worthy wine with the structure and elegance of first-growth French wines. No pressed wine, which could contain astringent flavors and harsher tannins, is ever blended into the DAOU labeled wines. All the DAOU red wines are made from 100% free run juice.

The Experience
The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is Daou’s signature wine, the winemaker, Daniel Daou, has a deep passion for this Bordeaux varietal and has made it his mission to make a Paso Robles Cab that will rival any in the world.

A blue hue shades the side of the glass while the wine’s tears lead you to a dark crimson core.  The glass showcases scents of crushed boysenberries and black currents, which is followed by hints of cedar box and tobacco leaves.  The wine’s structure consists of benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon traits.  Moderate acidity combines with firm but revealing tannins.  When tasted the complexity of the dark fruit with the secondary aromas provide a seamless balance.  The French oak’s spices of nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla help add to the complexity and balance of the wine.  The forward fruit allows this wine to be enjoyed today and the structure will allow it to be drunk over the next decade.

The Facts
Varietal Composition: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Paso Robles, California (Central Coast)
Barrel Aging: 19 months in French oak (80% new)
Alcohol: 14.2%
DAOU is the creation of two brothers, Daniel and Georges Daou, who shares one dream – the dream of producing collectible, world-class Bordeaux style wines to rival the most respected appellations in the world.

The Daou brother’s appreciation for quality wine was nurtured throughout their childhood, in France, where their father enjoyed good wine with every meal.  Daniel and Georges came to appreciate great wine as young adults, and their passion for the fruit of the vine has grown stronger with every passing year.

In 2007, Daniel and Georges’ search for the perfect terroir led them to the west mountain Adelaida area of Paso Robles in California. There, they found land that had been part of the historical Hoffman Mountain Ranch Vineyard; land that fit their very strict criteria. They wanted the kind of terroir that could grow Cabernet Sauvignon and other red varietals to rival those from the world’s best wine appellations. The combination of high elevation, cool marine influence, southeast and southwest sun exposure, and high-concentration calcareous-lime soils was exactly what they were looking for. As an added bonus, the one hundred acre property had over seventy farmable acres, making it one of the larger vineyard sites in the Adelaida region.

The property, now nicknamed DAOU Mountain, has expansive views of the luscious countryside. On a promontory rising above the valleys and canyons of this bucolic landscape now stands a stunning, Spanish Colonial style winery and tasting room. At the heart of the winery hangs a bell, dated 1740, that was recovered from a monastery in Spain. This beloved, beautifully painted iron piece was forged before the founding of the United States.
Wine Spectator - 89 pts
"Rustic and rounded, with chewy, grippy tannins, offering a tight, dense core of dark berry, black licorice, dried herb and tobacco notes. Needs time. Best from 2014 through 2025. 3,000 cases made." –JL

Past Vintage
2010 - Wine Advocate: 92 pts; Wine Spectator: 89 pts
Aging Potential: Ready to Drink, 5-10 Years
Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%
Appellation: Paso Robles, California
Barrel Type: French Oak
Body: Full
Color: Red-Purple
Flavor Pairing: Tomato Base, Herb Roast, Braise
Food Pairing: Steak, Salmon
On the Nose: Tobacco, Cedar, Boysenberry
On the Palate: Plum, Nutmeg, Currant, Cloves, Cassis, Boysenberry
Serving Recommendation: Use an Aerator, Room Temperature, Let it Breathe
Texture: Velvety
Varietal: Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

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