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Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013 750ml
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Daou Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Paso Robles - San Luis Obispo - California - United States

Professional Wine Reviews for Daou Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Rated 94 by Robert Parker
Scheduled to be bottled in two weeks, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve tastes just like the '12, only with an extra layer of fruit and texture. Black raspberry, new leather, espresso and licorice all give way to a full-bodied, concentrated and intense Cabernet that has a great mid-palate and plenty of sweet tannin. Give it a year or so to incorporate a touch more of its oak and enjoy bottles through 2028.
Rated 91 by Stephen Tanzer
Opaque ruby. High-pitched aromas of ripe red fruits, peppery spices and fresh flowers, with a subtle vanilla quality in the background. On the palate, juicy redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors are complicated by hints of dark chocolate and allspice. Tightens up on the youthfully tannic finish, which clings with very good spicy tenacity.
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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

For most of us, when we look for red wines in a wine store or supermarket, the name Cabernet Sauvignon stands out as a mark of quality and reliability. The same can be said for the way those who cultivate the grapevines see them, too, as part of the reason Cabernet Sauvignon varietal grapes have had so much success all over the world is due to their hardiness against frost, reliability in regards to yield and quality, and great resistance to rot. As such, Cabernet Sauvignon is a winemaker's dream of a grape, consistently delivering excellence alongside a few pleasant surprises. Despite the fact that the grape on its own in a young wine can often be a bit overpowering, too astringent and challenging for many tastes, it is the perfect grape varietal for blending and aging in oak. Such a truth has been displayed for centuries now in some of the finest wineries on earth, for whom Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are the grape which adds the punch to their world-beating blended wines.

Region: California

California as a wine producing region has grown in size and importance considerably over the past couple of centuries, and today is the proud producer of more than ninety percent of the United States' wines. Indeed, if California was a country, it would be the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, with a vast range of vineyards covering almost half a million acres. The secret to California's success as a wine region has a lot to do with the high quality of its soils, and the fact that it has an extensive Pacific coastline which perfectly tempers the blazing sunshine it experiences all year round. The winds coming off the ocean cool the vines, and the natural valleys and mountainsides which make up most of the state's wine regions make for ideal areas in which to cultivate a variety of high quality grapes.

Country: United States

Whilst there are several strains of native grape varietals in the United States, it was the introduction of the European species which prompted the country to begin producing wines on a large scale. Over the past few centuries, experimentation and cross-breeding has produced great successes in regards to the quality and suitability of the fruit grown in states such as California, Oregon, Washington and New York, and the past few decades have seen New World wines from the United States reach much higher standards. Arguably the finest United States wines have always come out of California, where the climate and terrroir is most suitable for fine wine production. The masterful blending of classic grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, amongst others including Syrah and Chardonnay, have had world beating results in recent years, prompting many to suggest that there has never been a better time for buying and drinking United States wines.