2021 DAOU Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles Discovery
|Type||Red, Table, Dry|
|Region||California, Central Coast, San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles|
|Variety||Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc|
|Drink Date||2022 – 2028|
|Fruit, Earth & Oak Aromas & Flavors|
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.
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.”