Daou Soul Of A Lion 2013


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The 2013 DAOU Estate Soul of a Lion shows beautiful depth of color. The black velvety core leads to aromas of early spring violets, crushed blueberries, and shaved chocolate. The palate is seductively balanced by the unique tartness of black raspberries and concentrated oral complexity of crème de cassis. Nuanced vanilla bean, cedar forest floor, and spiced tobacco round out the spectrum flavors. Integrated tannins, bright acidity, and moderate alcohol naturally extend into a seamless finish that lingers on the senses. Made from maturing vines, this wine showcases the best of DAOU Mountain terroir.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Paso Robles
Brand Daou
Alcohol/vol 14.7%
  • we96

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.

Matt Kettmann, April 1, 2017
  • wa96

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).

Jeb Dunnuck, August 30, 2016
  • ws90

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.

James Laube, November 30, 2016