We are excited to announce the continuation of "The Round Table Tastings" our series of small group tastings at the Rock Hill location!
RTT #4 - Wednesday Feb 5th @ 7pm - Daou Vineyards with special guest Kimberly Pettit - Sales Manager
The Round Table Tastings!
These small group tastings will follow a round table discussion format, and be centered around low production and collectible wines. The goal of these tastings will be to examine and evaluate wines from equal but different perspectives, while drawing on knowledge from winemakers & industry experts. Attendees can expect an evening of lighthearted conversation and discussion, centered around a fantastic selection of thought provoking wines. Planned topics include everything from single wineries, to single varietals, and even specific vintages, and are open to all levels of wine drinker. Tastings are expected to last about 1 hour and thirty minutes.
Seating is limited to 15 guests
Your credit card will be charged upon confirmation
More info on the tasting
Round Table Tasting #4: Wed Feb 5th, 7pm - Daou Vineyards - Paso Robles
From high up off Adelaida Road, the Daou brothers continue to make a massive lineup of stellar wines. As I’ve said in the past, these wine compete with the best of Napa and are some of the leading Bordeaux blends from Paso Robles. Standing alone at an elevation of 2,200 feet, Daou mountain rises from the heart of the Adelaida District in the rugged coast range west of Paso Robles. It is a terroir of symmetry, power and purity. The Daou brothers’ vision is to produce California “first-growth” wine, fulfilling the Adelaida District’s destiny as the world’s next benchmark for Bordeaux varieties. -Jeb Dunnuck
"Daou's estate vineyards (which emphasizes Bordeaux varieties) are planted at high density on steep slopes in Adelaida District in a site once singled out by the great André Tchelistcheff for its potential. Grown in these soils and in this climate, Daou's vines produce grapes with an extraordinarily high phenolic content, to which the estate's winemaking has gradually adapted. Macerations are very short, with the wines finishing fermentation in barrel, but even so these inky, structured reds don't lack for color or substance. Acidities are healthy, alcohols never in excess of 15%, and the wines are totally dry. I looked at two verticals in the course of my tasting, so I'm also in a position to observe that these wines evolve very slowly. There's no one else making Cabernet Sauvignon like this in Paso Robles." - The Wine Advocate
What we will taste:
2018 Daou Sauvignon Blanc - $14.99
Starting with the only white I was able to taste, the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Estate showed brilliantly, with a Bordeaux Blanc-like bouquet of lemon oil, crushed citrus, white flowers, and background oak. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully balanced, this is a stunning Sauvignon Blanc.
Rated 92/100 Jeb Dunnuck, also rated 92/100 Wine Enthusiast
2018 Daou Chardonnay - $ 19.99
Broad aromas of lime spray, tangerine, lemon peel, lychee and white flowers converge on the nose of this bottling. There's compelling cohesion of flavors on the palate, where poached apples and pears meet with a hint of savory sea salt.
Rated 91/100 Wine Enthusiast
2018 Daou Pessimist Red Blend - $23.99
The Pessimist cuvée by the Daou Brothers is always a good value for those who love opulent fruit, and the 2018 offers loads of sweet blue fruits, white chocolate, violets, and toasted spice aromas and flavors. Based on 62% Petite Sirah, 19% Zinfandel, and 17% Syrah, it’s full-bodied, decadent, and rich while staying light on its feet. I’d be happy to drink it.
Rated 90-92/100 Jeb Dunnuck
2018 Daou Cabernet Sauvignon - $26.99
Checking in at 13.9% natural alcohol, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is outstanding, with a forward, charming yet also structured style. Classy notes of cassis, currants, and violets all emerge from the glass, and it’s already drinking beautifully.
Rated 90/100 Jeb Dunnuck
2017 Daou Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve - $54.99
At this early stage, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve seems to be even more promising than the 2016, opening in the glass with aromas of dark berries and damson, without any trace of its time in new oak. On the palate, it's full-bodied, concentrated and intense. Rich and layered, there's a lot of substance here, but it's replete with sappy energy. This could easily turn out to be the best Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve to date.
Rated 92-94/100 Wine Advocate, also rated 92-94/100 Jeb Dunnuck
2016 Daou Soul of a Lion - $144.99
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.
Rated 98/100 Jeb Dunnuck, also rated 95-97/100 Wine Advocate
Lastly, we are excited to taste and help launch in Missouri for the first time, Daou Bodyguard!
2017 Daou Bodygaurd Red (70% Petit Verdot/ 30% Petit Sirah) - $37.99
A smoking value from this team is their 2017 Bodyguard, which is 70% Petit Verdot and 30% Petite Sirah. It’s a big, full-bodied beauty for those who love fruit, offering impressive cassis and blue fruits, violets, and peppery herb aromas and flavors. It’s a lot of wine for the cost and ideal for drinking over the coming 4-5 years, if not a lot longer.
Rated 93/100 Jeb Dunnuck
*As always all wines above will be available for purchase, light snacks provided