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DAOU Vineyards, Soul of a Lion Red Wine 2012


Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California

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Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 93 points
The flagship wine is the Soul Of A Lion and it’s always a Cabernet-dominated blend that incorporates Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The 2012 Soul Of A Lion was bottled last year and has a supple, polished and sexy feel in its creme de cassis, blackberry, pencil shavings and ground herb-like aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, concentrated and more approachable and polished than I remember from barrel, it has tons of charm and will drink nicely over the coming decade.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.

Wine Spectator – 92 points
Offers a massive core of earth, cedar and dried berry flavors, shaded by roasted herb and smoky, toasty oak nuances, with notes of chocolate brownie and graphite. This is ultimately a fairly tannic, chewy style that should benefit from a few years of cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2016 through 2028.