Availability: 10 In Stock

Winery: DAOU Vineyards & Winery

Region: California - Central Coast - San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles

Alcohol: 15.2%

Grapes: Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel (California Red Blend)

Wine Style: Red - Rich and Intense

Food Pairing: Beef, Lamb, Veal, Poultry

Reviews: 92 Points Jeb Dunnuck

Winemaker Notes & Critical Acclaim:

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. A veritable cascade of juicy berries, red cherries and huckleberries flood the palate while a river of lush fruit flavors overflow its banks. Voluptuous and robust while tempered with grace and elegance; a true gentle giant. The purity of fruit is elevated by its silky texture and hints of kirsch and cassis, olive and fennel. This wine displays a well- rounded and balanced finish that offers essences of blueberry and cranberry with prodigious persistence.  - Winemaker Note

The Pessimist cuvée by the Daou Brothers is always a good value for those who love opulent fruit, and the 2018 offers loads of sweet blue fruits, white chocolate, violets, and toasted spice aromas and flavors. Based on 62% Petite Sirah, 19% Zinfandel, and 17% Syrah, it’s full-bodied, decadent, and rich while staying light on its feet. I’d be happy to drink it - 92 Points 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.

DAOU The Pessimist Red Blend Paso Robles 2018

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