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Daou "Soul of the Lion" Red Wine 2018 (Paso Robles, CA)

96PTS W.A.

Producer Notes: This wine displays all the hallmarks of its cooler growing season—richness, elegance and balance. A dark, purple-black hue foreshadows the experience to come. Intense aromas of lilac, violet and spice swirl amid a deep, complex bouquet. The palate bursts with prodigious flavors of blueberry, boysenberry, plum, vanilla bean and chocolate-covered cherry, all underlain by striking minerality. Silky, integrated tannins unwind into an impossibly long finish, revealing both the power and finesse of its DAOU Mountain provenance.

Jeb Dunnuck, 96 Points: "Checking in as 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot that’s still resting in new barrels, the 2018 Soul Of A Lion has a dark, dense bouquet of crème de cassis, chocolate, violets, tobacco, and cedar pencil. This gives way to a beautiful, powerful, full-bodied wine that has building yet attractive tannins, a rounded texture, good freshness, and a great finish."

Wine Advocate, 96 Points: “The 2018 Soul Of A Lion is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. It is still in barrel and is expected to age 22 months in 100% new French oak. It has a deep ruby-purple color and lovely scents of dried herbs and flowers, charcuterie, coffee beans, potpourri and broody spices with a core of cassis. The medium to full-bodied palate features fresh, bright, perfumed fruits with mineral nuance in a pixelated frame, and it finishes long and nuanced."


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Specs
Product ID:
IN0016429
SKU:
890409002732
Appellation:
Paso Robles, CA
Vintage:
2018
Volume of Alcohol:
14.2%
Composition
79%:
Cabernet Sauvignon
13%:
Cabernet Franc
8%:
Petit Verdot
Awards
96 Points:
Jeb Dunnuck
96 Points:
Wine Advcoate