2018 Daou 'Soul of a Lion' Proprietary Red Paso Robles

$149.95
(Net Item - no discounts apply)
WA97+

This is a pure, unadulterated expression of both the killer terroir and Daniel Daou’s uncompromising commitment to his craft. This 100% Estate Cab spends 22 months in new barrels crafted from rare, pink French oak called bois rose, aged over five years in the elements. Daniel chooses the staves himself, to ensure soft, natural tannins without undue oak influence. This vintage is a deep, complex wine of tremendous richness, elegance and balance. Full-bodied and smooth, it’s quite the showcase of Daou Mountain’s majesty.

Up on the highest vineyard in Paso Robles, brothers Georges and Daniel Daou have raised the bar for Bordeaux-style wines in central California. The brothers, engineers by trade, were raised in Paris and Cannes before immigrating to the US in their 20s. By their early 30s, they had sold a successful computer networking company, and Daniel promptly retired from tech and threw himself headfirst into learning winemaking. Between 2007 and 2012 the brothers purchased 212 hillside acres on the west side of Paso Robles. Legendary consulting winemaker “Maestro” André Tchelistcheff originally consulted on the first Cabernet vineyards here in the 1960s, and described the Daou’s hill as “A jewel of ecological elements,” referring to the site’s high altitude (2,200 feet, which is where Napa’s famous Howell Mountain tops out), limestone soils (a true rarity in the US), and cool climate, which allows the wines to attain full ripeness and deep colors without having to be acidified. Cab lovers, this is a winery to watch. Here we have unique terroir, fanatically scientific winemakers who use only free-run juice, and reality pricing, not vanity pricing. These three wines would make up a great mixed case to sock away and savor. We concur with this sentiment: “These are easily the greatest Bordeaux blends I’ve tasted from Paso Robles.” – The Wine Advocate.

Varietal:
Proprietary Red
Vintage:
2018
Appellation:
Paso Robles
Sub-Appellation:
Adelaida District
Total Varietal Composition %:
Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Cabernet Franc 15%, Petit Verdot 10%
SKU #:
1047395
Size:
750 ml Bottle
WA97+

Wine Advocate

The 2018 Soul Of A Lion is an incredible Cabernet Sauvignon, made exclusively from free-run juice, blended with 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot and aged 22 months in 100% new French oak. Opaque ruby-purple in color, the nose opens slowly, segueing from graphite and tobacco leaves, to violets and blue fruit preserves, to cinnamon, potpourri and dark spices. The palate is seamless and cashmere-like, with expansive, pure, mineral-laced fruits enlivened by a burst of freshness that highlights the perfectly ripe fruit character this vintage. The finish is very long, offering violet perfume and iron tones that linger in the mouth. This is a gorgeous wine that combines unique personality with expert craftsmanship. It drinks well now but has all it needs for a long life in the cellar.