Daou Soul Of A Lion 2013
Wine AdvocateOne of the gems in this stacked lineup is the 2013 Soul Of A Lion, which is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated blend that includes 10% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. Aged 22 months in new French oak, this full-bodied, rich, mineral-laced and incredibly textured beauty offers up classic California notes of graphite, coffee bean, ripe black currants and chalky minerality. Drink this full-bore, pedal to the metal effort anytime over the coming 10-15 years (and I wouldn't be surprised to see it keep for longer either).
Wine EnthusiastThis rich, hearty and ultimately lovely blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot still needs time to open up. When it does, expect dense and pure aromas of blueberry, black currant, graphite and nose-tickling spice. The palate's intense structure, though shy for now, reveals charred beef, coffee, caramel, black cherry and dried rose flavors. Drink 2019-2030.
Wine SpectatorA powerful, explosive offering of rich currant, blackberry, licorice, loamy earth, cedar and tobacco flavors. Sizable in every way, with a measure of grace and finesse that sustains the long, persistent finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2032. 1,000 cases made.