2021 DAOU Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles Discovery

Price:$22

Style:

Bold | New World

Rating:

Very Good

Type Red, Table, Dry
Country USA
Region California, Central Coast, San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles
Variety Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Alcohol 14.5%
Drink Date 2022 – 2028
Published June 2023

2021 DAOU Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles Discovery bottle

Rating: Very Good
Character

Very Good

Excellent

WOW
Fruit, Earth & Oak Aromas & Flavors Pleasing Fruit and/ or earth aromas and taste The varietal character of the grape really gets your attention Stops you in your tracks
Complexity On the nose and palate, multiple sensory elements across the fruit, earth & oak spectrum More elements are in play, at more sensory-stimulating levels; a sense of place Each time you smell, each time you taste, you sense new, deeper elements
Balance Harmonious; not dominated by one element, like jammy fruit or oak The harmony holds as intensity builds A full chorus or orchestra , all in tune
Finish Some duration, a pleasant reminder Duration up to 20 seconds Duration exceeds 20 seconds
Primary Flavors
  • Black Raspberry
  • Blueberry
  • Currant
  • Baking Spices
Structure

Acid

Low
Medium
High

Body

Light
Medium
Full

Tannin

Low
Medium
High

Style

Old World
Contemporary
New World
About this Wine

This is a very generous bold red wine at this price point – a great bargain in California Cabernet. Deep ruby-purple, the nose offers dark cherry and blackberry aromas supplemented by chocolate, tobacco leaf, sandalwood, and sage. The palate offers black raspberry, cherry preserves, currants ,and herbs, and it maintains nice balance throughout the lingering finish. Labeled Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a Bordeaux blend of 80.4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11.5% Petit Verdot, 7.8% Merlot, and .3% Cabernet Franc, which spends 10 months in 50% new French oak. It is widely available; look for the 2021 vintage still on shelves.

DAOU Mountain and VineyardsDAOU Mountain

Established in 2007 by brothers Georges and Daniel DAOU – their back story is remarkable in and of itself – DAOU Vineyards was just sold to Treasury Wine Estates for a price reported to be close to $1 billion. It will be interesting to see how Treasury manages this estate, which André Tchelistcheff, the “father of modern California winemaking,” called “a jewel of ecological elements.”