Daou Soul Of A Lion 2012


SKU 28379


In the glass, this wine appears inky-black with a velvety core; however, on the nose, you are treated to the lightness of fresh violets, crushed blueberries, and cocoa. Complexity is con rmed on the palate with a combination of ripe blueberries and blackberries dusted with hints of cedar, tobacco, spice, and ash. Bright acidity, rm tannins, and moderate alcohol create a balanced structure with a long and seamless nish hinting of toasted vanilla and hazelnuts. Made from the best vines on DAOU Mountain, this wine beautifully showcases the characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon as a varietal.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Paso Robles
Brand Daou
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • we95

Wine EnthusiastDeep, lavish and creamy aromas of fudge, espresso, cola, vanilla and perfectly ripe black currants and berrries greet the nose with measured force. The wine lands on the palate with aplomb, framed by silky yet grippy tannins and boasting flavors of espresso, dense blueberry, black peppercorn, bay leaf and pencil shavings. The woody angles will intensify with age; drink 2018-2032.

Matt Kettmann, July 1, 2016
  • wa93-95

Wine AdvocateScheduled to be bottled at the end of August, the 2012 Soul of a Lion has more Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend than past vintages and offers full-throttle aromas of blackberry liqueur, chocolate, espresso and graphite. Full-bodied, concentrated and structured, with some chewy tannin, it will benefit from short-term cellaring and evolve gracefully for 10-15 years.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2014
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorOffers 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. 1,000 cases made.

James Laube, November 15, 2015