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.
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is made up of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 9% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc and was aged 20 months in 50% new French oak. Deep ruby-purple in the glass, it has a spicy nose with aromas of cinnamon stick, baked marionberries, cedar, crème de cassis and pure baked blackberries with nuances of lilacs, pink peppercorn and charcuterie plus a classy framing of new oak. The palate is medium to full-bodied and slow to unfurl, eventually spreading its wings to explosive, savory-laced black fruits. Texturally, it's powerful but with finely dispersed, grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long and wonderfully layered.
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.