Daou Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


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A rich and compelling nose of black currant, ripe Bing cherries and smoky, toasty oak is redolent of warm cherry pie and blackberry cobbler. Behind the very forward dark fruits lie notes of black olive, licorice, crème de menthe, crushed stone and just a hint of ground espresso bean. On the palate is a veritable explosion of fresh fruit flavors, plump, voluptuous and pure. Blackberry, plum and cherry, and even nuances of pomegranate and cranberry. A steely, dusty minerality underlies this solid fruit core, latent power obscured by an oh-so silky texture. A firm handshake in a velvet glove. An amazing finish that replays the currant and black cherry layers interspersed with herbs and sandalwood that just won't let go. It is in this finish where the power and purity of this wine is proven.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Paso Robles
Brand Daou
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • wa92-94

Wine AdvocateAnother beauty is the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, and it has impressive purity and freshness in its notes of plums, violets, currant bud and sappy herbs. Slightly softer and more approachable than its 2014 counterpart, with less obvious tannin, it's a rich, sexy Cabernet that should drink nicely on release, yet keep for over a decade.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2016