The Best Cabernet Value in the U.S.

December 17, 2015 90+ Bargains  No comments

Daou_14CabSauv_750ml_ftDaou wines has arguably the most stunning property in Paso Robles.  The winery is perched at the top of a mountain at 2200 feet above sea level, with panoramic views of Paso below.  It’s that elevation that allows them to grow amazing Cabernet in an area that’s usually too hot to produce great Cabs.

At $22, which is the lowest price in the country, this is the greatest value in California Cabernet.  This wine has something that virtually all Cabs, and indeed most wines in this price range, are lacking: character and uniqueness.  The nose is outstanding with fruit, oak, and spice blending to create something really special.  On the palate, it’s just top-notch Cabernet; seamless and textured.

The lowest price in the country, a 91-93 point rating from the Wine Advocate, and an endorsement from yours truly.  What more do you need?

Buy Here: 2014 Daou Cabernet $21.95

Wine Advocate 91-93 points

“I think even a step up over the killer 2013, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with notions of black raspberry, cassis, spice and licorice. More textured, voluptuous, layered and concentrated than all of the previous vintages, it will have an easy 10-15 years of longevity.

Winemaker Daniel Daou called 2014 the vintage of his career. This was backed up in my tastings and these are easily the greatest Bordeaux blends I’ve tasted from Paso Robles. I’ll likely taste these from barrel next year as well, but readers shouldn’t miss these blockbusters. Looking at the 2013s, they’re are a step up over the 2012s and have classic, nicely structured and textured profiles. Similar in style to a scaled down 2014, Daou commented that this was a beautiful vintage with no heat spikes, high phenolics and inky colors. Located at one of the highest spots in the appellation, it’s worth noting this tiny micro-climate of this estate and it has more in common with Napa Valley than Paso Robles. In short, these are gorgeous wines that continue to show what’s possible with Bordeaux varieties from Paso Robles.”

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