The 2018 DAOU Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a shining example of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. This wine’s magnificent nose is quintessential Cabernet Sauvignon, offering scents of dark chocolate, licorice, blackberries and cured meats with a touch of cedar. The palate delivers an explosion of fresh, dark berry fruits.
93 Pts – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. It is still in barrel and will age about 18 months in 50% new French oak. The nose opens with tar, cassis and gentle blue fruit touches with notes of dried herbs, milk chocolate and coffee beans. The medium to full-bodied palate is lushly fruited but very fresh, with lifted herbal character, bright freshness and a firm but very finely grained structure, finishing long.
92 Pts – Jeb Dunnuck
Not yet bottled, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Petite Verdot that will also spend 20 months in 50% new oak. Blueberries, blackberries, tobacco leaf, and spicy notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, fresh, lively effort that shines for its terrific purity and balance.