2018 Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, California

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Andre Tchelistcheff first explored Hoffman Mountain; 2,200 feet in elevation, steeply sloped, high above the Central Coast fog line of Paso Robles (San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach to the south) with its calcareous soils and beaming sunshine. He knew he had discovered prime vineyard land, described the place as "a jewel of ecological elements." That mountain would be home to Paso's first modern commercial vineyard and winery in 1964 when Tchelistcheff and Dr. Hoffman teamed up. When the Daou brothers set foot on that spot, their dream came true. Passionate, driven, obsessed by world-class Bordeaux varietals, Daniel and Georges Daou have found in this place – now christened Daou Mountain – the perfect location for cultivating captivating Cabernet.


This entry-level Cabernet Sauvignon is the only Cabernet in the Daou portfolio made entirely of purchased fruit and is intended to be drunk young. The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is made up of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc aged 11 months in 60% new French oak. Deep ruby-purple, it opens with pure crème de cassis and meaty touches, slow to unfurl, over pure blackberries, cedar and dried thyme. Medium to full-bodied, it explodes with flavor in the mouth, purely defined but very ripe, with a very finely grained frame and a youthful cloaking of new oak, finishing long, fresh and classy.

92 points, Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (Jan 2020)

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.

90 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Oct 2019)


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