Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2018 (750ML)
Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions
93-95+ WA / 93 VM
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a barrel sample blended of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Petit Verdot, expected to age 20 months in 50% new French oak. It has a very deep purple-black color and is still very youthful on the nose, offering boisterous aromas of molten chocolate, licorice, blackberry pie, jamon di iberico, marionberry, cedar and sweet oak spices with a mineral streak and a whiff of blackcurrant bud. The palate is medium to full-bodied and silky smooth, with luscious fruits well-tamed by mineral and savory notions. It has very finely grained tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing very long and nuanced. Erin Brooks – The Wine Advocate
Deep, shimmering ruby. Red and black currant, smoky oak and a hint of vanilla on the highly perfumed nose. Stains the palate with pliant cassis, bitter cherry, mocha and floral pastille flavors, while spice and mineral nuances lend back-end cut. Fleshy and deep but surprisingly lively as well, with well-knit tannins framing a finish that displays excellent focus and strong, fruity persistence. 50% new French oak.