Daou Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Wine AdvocateThe straight 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is an inky colored, ripe and voluptuous effort that has no hard edges, tons of fruit, and impressive notes of plums, licorice and smoked herbs. This cuvee comes from a number of sites throughout the appellation. Winemaker Daniel Daou called 2014 the vintage of his career. This was backed up in my tastings and these are easily the greatest Bordeaux blends I've tasted from Paso Robles. I'll likely taste these from barrel next year as well, but readers shouldn't miss these blockbusters. Looking at the 2013s, they're are a step up over the 2012s and have classic, nicely structured and textured profiles. Similar in style to a scaled down 2014, Daou commented that this was a beautiful vintage with no heat spikes, high phenolics and inky colors. Located at one of the highest spots in the appellation, it's worth noting this tiny micro-climate of this estate and it has more in common with Napa Valley than Paso Robles. In short, these are gorgeous wines that continue to show what's possible with Bordeaux varieties from Paso Robles.