2019 Daou 'Soul of a Lion' Proprietary Red Paso Robles

$149.95
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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
Winemaker:
Daniel Daou
Vintage:
2019
Appellation:
Paso Robles
Sub-Appellation:
Adelaida District
Total Varietal Composition %:
Cabernet Sauvignon 78%, Cabernet Franc 12%, Petit Verdot 10%
Score Wine Advocate:
97+
SKU #:
1049410
Size:
750 ml Bottle
WA97+

Wine Advocate

The 2019 Soul Of A Lion is a blend of free-run Cabernet Sauvignon (77%), Cabernet Franc (14%), and Petit Verdot (9%), aged 22 months in 100% new French oak. Opaque ruby in color, it offers aromatic contrast between dark, savory cherry fruit, chargrill and graphite, and top notes of green pepper and rose petals. The palate explodes with detailed flavors and its tannins are already resolved and chocolaty, with seamless acidity and exotic spicy layers emerging on the extended finish. Wow!

JD96

Jeb Dunnuck

Always a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot that's brought up in new barrels, the 2019 Soul Of A Lion sports a dense purple hue as well as a beautiful nose of pure crème de cassis, currants, chocolate, crushed stone, and tobacco. It's rich and full-bodied, with a voluptuous texture, beautiful tannins, and a great finish.