Daou Soul Of A Lion 2016
|Region||California, Central Coast, Paso Robles|
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The smooth and silky tannins are very well integrated with the fruit and acidity of the wine. In the glass, the wine reveals a deep and complex bouquet of cassis, black currant, licorice, incense, ripe plums and a hint of vanilla. A true blockbuster vintage that showcases the great power that comes from DAOU Mountain.
Also bottled the week before this tasting, the 2016 Soul of a Lion includes more Cabernet Sauvignon than the 2014 and 2015 and is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot. It’s an incredible achievement and has sensational notes of crème de cassis, graphite, violets, and lead pencil shavings. Made in a pure California, pedal-to-the-metal style, with full body and loads of fruit, it stays balanced, has ultra-fine tannins, and a layered, seamless style that just glides over the palate. Don’t think Paso Robles can make world-class Cabernet Sauvignon? Try this wine.
Deep, lurid violet. Ripe, spice-tinged cherry, blackcurrant, vanilla and a hint of pipe tobacco on the highly perfumed nose. Offers an array of fleshy dark fruit liqueur, floral and spice flavors that are supported by a spine of zesty acidity and becomes deeper with aeration. Conveys a compelling blend of depth, power and energy, finishing sweet and persistent, with building tannins and lingering dark berry and vanilla notes. (aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 22 months)
Slated for bottling in August, the 2016 Soul Of A Lion is another immensely promising example of this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated cuvée. Tasted from barrel, the wine reveals a deep and complex bouquet of smoky cassis, incense, ripe plums and rich soil. On the palate, it's full-bodied, layered and complete, with imposing power and savory structure framing a deep core of fruit. There's more depth and dimension here than in the 2015 rendition, and I suspect it will be even better.
Aromas of coffee bean, charred meat, blackberry and toast show on the nose of this blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. There is compelling density to the palate, which offers flavors of espresso, cocoa, charred toast and blackberry.
Super dark with a ton of bitter chocolate and cocoa powder, plus smoke and a hint of gunpowder. This has a great balance of full, powdery tannins and earthy power. Long, really complex finish. You could drink this now, but if you wait until at least 2021, it will give even more pleasure.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
10% Cabernet Franc; 4% Petit Verdot. Dense and extracted with an abundance of very ripe fruit that inclines more to black cherries than currants and decked out with a broad sweep of sweet oak, this slightly supple, full-bodied working sports a fine spine of integral tannin that, at the moment, imparts an edge of dryness to its lingering, ever so slightly hot finish. Unquestionably rich, but still very young and wanting time to smooth and for its parts to fully knit, it is sure to reward a stay of some six to eight years in the cellar.
Broad and soft, with toasty layers of steeped currant, fig and plum reduction flavors, coated with a hefty dose of warm cocoa on the finish. Shows more heft than purity, but this will win fans for its style. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022. 2,200 cases made.
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