(92-94) Wine Advocate - The barrel sample of 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve contains 15% Petit Verdot and is expected to age 18 months in 50% new French oak. It has a deep ruby-purple color and pretty, fresh scents of dried herbs, graphite, violets, crushed blackcurrants and blue fruit notions. The palate is gorgeous, with lifted, fresh fruit character and a structure that feels packed with pixelated tannins, and it finishes long and floral.
Family owned and operated, DAOU Family Estates is committed to producing collectible, world-class wines to rival the most respected appellations in the world. Situated on a 212-acre hilltop estate, our remarkable geology, favorable microclimate, and 2,200 feet elevation were once described by renowned California winemaker André Tchelistcheff as “a jewel of ecological elements.” As stewards of this beautiful terroir, the Daou brothers’ vision is to produce California “first-growth” wine, fulfilling the Paso Robles Adelaida District’s destiny as the world’s next benchmark for Bordeaux varieties.
Paso Robles is a large winegrowing area at the southern end of California's Central Coast region. At 666,500 acres (270,000ha) the official Paso Robles AVA is among California's very largest; it effectively covers the northern half of San Luis Obispo County. Paso Robles wines are typified by rich, ripe reds based on warm-climate varieties such as Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and the Rhone Valley trio Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.
In 2013, proposals to create specific sub-AVAs in Paso Robles were ratified and the region was divided into 11 new designated appellations. Previously, Paso Robles had been the largest AVA in California to remain un-subdivided; in contrast, it is three times the size of the Napa Valley viticultural area, which has 16 individual designated sub-appellations.
Adelaida is the most northwestern of the 11 wine regions of Paso Robles and it was awarded its own AVA status in 2014. It is defined by the Santa Lucia Mountains, with its territory rising from the foothills to reach altitudes of 900 to 2,200 feet, and to include the highest sites in the greater Paso Robles region. This mountainous topography is ideal for viticulture, allowing vineyards to be established on sites with favorable aspects. The soil is predominantly made up of calcareous soil types that are characterized by a high volume of calcium carbonate from underlying chalk and limestone. A mere 25 miles from the coast, Adelaida's proximity increases the influence of the Pacific Ocean. It receives light cooling breezes rolling in off the sea with some accompanying marine fog.