Winery: DAOU Vineyards & Winery
Region: California - Central Coast - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles
Grapes: Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel, Tanat, Lagrein (California Red Blend)
Wine Style: Red - Rich and Intense
Food Pairing: Beef, Lamb, Veal, Poultry
Reviews: 92 Points Robert Parker, 92 Points Wine Enthusiast, 90 Points Jeb Dunnuck
Winemaker Notes & Critical Acclaim:
"In a pursuit to create delicious wine inspired by varieties that flourish in Paso Robles, The Pessimist is a blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Tannat. Sourced and crafted by the DAOU Vineyards winemaking team, this wine demonstrates classic old world style with the fruit-forward characteristics of California." - Winemaker Note
A value-priced Rhône blend that usually contains some Zinfandel and Petite Syrah, the 2017 Pessimist offers up rich aromas of dark fruit, grilled meat, licorice and black olive. It's full-bodied, rich and spicy, with good balance and an intense, flavorful finish. - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This blend of primarily Petite Sirah, Syrah and Zinfandel starts with rich, lush aromas of black cherry, vanilla cream and caramel, with a hint of earth. Framed by solid tannins and bright acidity, the palate runs through similar fruit and spice flavors with plenty of power. Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast
Moving to the 2017s, the already bottled 2017 Pessimist is a lot of wine for not much buck. This full-bodied, fleshy, sexy wine gives up lots of black fruits, chocolate, spice, and subtle vanilla notes and certainly put a smile on my face. It’s a pleasure bent, undeniably hedonistic wine to drink over the coming couple of years. - Jeb Dunnuck
About The Producer:
Daou Vineyards is a California winery in the Adelaida District AVA of Paso Robles. It has a reputation for Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant Bordeaux-style blends. Daou was established in 2007 by brothers George and Daniel Daou, who had previously built a successful IT business.
The estate was founded on a section of land that had once been part of the Hoffman Mountain Ranch. In 2012 the brothers bought the rest of the Hoffman property which increased their vineyard holdings to 86 hectares (212 acres). The Hoffman Ranch had been the first modern commercial winery in Paso Robles after Prohibition and was established by Stanley Hoffman with help from prominent Californian winemaker André Tchelistcheff.
Daou focuses on red Bordeaux varieties but also vinifies some common Rhône grapes including Syrah, Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. The wine range is divided into three tiers at different price points: The Paso Robles Collection, Reserve Collection, and Estate Collection. The Estate Collection makes up Daou's premium range and comes from estate-grown fruit, while the Reserve Collection blends estate fruit with growers and the Paso Robles collection is mostly bought fruit. The three tiers also see different amounts of aging in new French oak barrels.
All the estate fruit is hand harvested with Daou vineyards being certified sustainable by SIP, a third-party organization that certifies sustainable farming practices.