Daou Soul Of A Lion 2012
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.
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.
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.