2018 Daou Pessimist
Vintage : 2018
Country : USA
Region : Paso Robles
Daou Vineyards is a California winery in the Adelaida District AVA of Paso Robles. It is most closely associated with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant Bordeaux-style blends. Daou also makes wine from some familiar Rhône grapes including Syrah, Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. The portfolio also features Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The wine portfolio is divided into four tiers at different price points. The top-level Estate Collection is, as the name suggests, made from estate-grown fruit. This range focuses on Bordeaux varieties and comprises:
Soul of a Lion: the flagship wine: Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot
The other ranges are:
Reserve Collection: combines estate fruit with grapes bought from selected growers. It includes single-vineyard wines from partner growers. such as the Solomon Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir from the Santa Maria Valley
Discovery Collection: mostly bought-in fruit.
Expressions Collection: at the time of writing comprises a single wine The Bodyguard, a blend of Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah (Durif)
The various tiers also see different amounts of aging in new French oak barrels.
Daou vineyards are certified sustainable by SIP (Sustainability in Practice) for sustainable farming. All the estate fruit is hand harvested.
The 2018 Pessimist is inky and dark aubergine in color. A powerhouse vintage with a plethora fruit showcasing blueberry, boysenberry, plum and strawberry. Smoky notes of truffle and roasted coffee are accompanied by accents of floral consisting of lavender and lilac, highlighted by underlying nuances of buttered toast, vanilla, and a breath of cool wintergreen.
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Opaque ruby-purple, it offers up tar, chargrill, turned black earth and blackcurrants with wafts of blackcurrant bud, dark chocolate, smoked meats and crushed red cherries. The medium to full-bodied palate has lifted flavor layers, a firm, grainy frame and long, spicy, fresh finish. (EB)