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Daou Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

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14.90% /
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Vintage: 2021
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  • WA 96
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    Daou Reserve Cabernet 2021, meticulously crafted by winemaker Daniel Daou at Daou Vineyards, stands as a shining example of the world-class Bordeaux-style wines emanating from Paso Robles. This wine dazzles with its intense purple-red hues, signaling an extraordinary journey ahead for the senses.

    The aroma of Daou Reserve Cabernet 2021 is a captivating blend of black fruit, pomegranate, tobacco, mocha, and bay leaf, promising a complex bouquet. As it breathes, hints of clove, vanilla, and nutmeg gently weave into this aromatic tapestry, enhancing its allure. On the palate, this wine delivers a luxuriously textured experience, harmoniously blending red fruit, blueberry, and raspberry notes with a chocolatey essence. The integration of vibrant and indulgent flavors is seamless, underscored by velvety tannins that lend structure and elegance. Its impressive finish makes the Daou Cabernet Reserve 2021 a memorable encounter, inviting you to relish each sip.

    The 2021 vintage has garnered high praise, with a notable 95 points from Wine Enthusiast. This acclaim highlights the wine’s dark, focused aromas of cherry, clove, and caramel, alongside a mastery of tannins’”a Daou hallmark. The palate is described as silky yet structured, rich in fruit with a hint of lightly bitter walnut. Such critical acclaim underlines the expertise and passion behind Daou Vineyards’ commitment to producing collectible, world-class wines.

    This wine is not just about its immediate appeal but also its craftsmanship. Daou Reserve Cabernet 2021 is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% Petit Verdot, aged for 18 months in 50% new French oak. This meticulous process contributes to its refined character and depth.

    Daou Vineyards, nestled in the picturesque Adelaida District of Paso Robles, benefits from unique geology, a favorable microclimate, and high elevation. This setting, combined with a dedication to Old World tradition and New World techniques, ensures every bottle from Daou Family Estates is exceptional.

    In summary, the Daou Reserve Cabernet 2021 is more than just a wine; it is a testament to the dedication and passion of the Daou family and winemaker Daniel Daou. Its rich, complex flavors and seamless integration of tannins make it a must-have for collectors and a standout representation of Paso Robles’ status in the wine world. With critical accolades affirming its excellence, the Daou Cabernet Reserve 2021 is destined to be remembered as a masterpiece of its vintage.

    The Daou Cab, especially the 2021 Reserve, showcases the best of what Paso Robles has to offer. This area is known for producing some of the most delicious and deep-flavored wines in the USA, and the Daou Reserve Cabernet 2021 is no exception. It’s like taking a bite of the juiciest, darkest berries while sitting in a leather chair surrounded by the subtle scent of vanilla and spices. The blend of the rich Cabernet Sauvignon Daou with a touch of Petit Verdot gives this wine a unique character that’s both bold and smooth at the same time. It’s a wine that brings people together, making any moment feel special.

    Dao Cabernet from Daou Vineyards really hits the mark for those who love a good story in a bottle. The wine’s journey from vine to glass is filled with dedication and care, ensuring each sip reflects the land’s rich qualities. The Cabernet Sauvignon Daou, with its layers of flavors and aromas, is a testament to the winery’s commitment to excellence. Whether you’re a seasoned wine lover or new to the world of wines, the Daou Wine Cabernet offers an accessible way to explore high-quality, memorable wines.

    Lastly, the Daou Cab Sav not only stands out for its quality but also for its versatility. It pairs wonderfully with a wide range of foods, from a hearty steak to a simple cheese platter. This adaptability makes it a favorite among those who appreciate the nuances of a good meal accompanied by a great glass of wine. Moreover, for those intrigued by the complexity of wine varieties, the inclusion of Cabernet Franc in their lineup showcases Daou Vineyards’ skill in crafting wines that appeal to a broad audience. Each bottle of Daou Cabernet, be it the Cab Sav or the more refined Reserve, is a celebration of the winery’s passion for creating exceptional wines that speak to the heart of Paso Robles’ terroir.

    75 reviews for Daou Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

    1. Olga Stonerock

      Great traditional Cali cab. Good fruit, nice acidity, and a balanced oak. The WOTN.

    2. James Furness

      Enjoyed the pure, refined fruit of this Cab during a California Wineries walk in Montreal. Savory notes balanced with fruit and an elegant cedar and spice finish.

    3. Ike Kirkwood

      95pts. Drink 2020-2036. Rated May 2019.

    4. Eva Sanborn

      Affordable and pleasing red from central CA with rich cassis, blue and black fruits, cherries, and a medium finish. Sweet but not overpowering. Would repurchase.

    5. Michael Martin

      “Daou’s bottle hits a homer with a great price point and is very drinkable today.”

    6. Jerrod Willett

      Great taste!

    7. Gail Sellers

      Earthy nose, light fruit, hint of jam, shows age quality. Cheers.

    8. Teresa Madden

      PnP simple, Austin hope or Caymus style. Less sweet than Caymus. Good for guests, not for me.

    9. Santiago Bussard

      Malloy’s of Lisle’s Big Reds Tasting: Tannic with notes of plum, currants, and chocolate. Flavors of black fruit, roasted plum, and brown sugar. 86-87 pts.

    10. Frank Blackwell

      Solid wine, needs 2-3 years to develop.

    11. William Matos

      Sorry, but there is no review given to rewrite. Please provide me with the existing review.

    12. Nicole Minder

      Overpowering oak taste. Not my preference. Red Lion gathering for pleasure seekers.

    13. Daniel Cranford

      Over oaked and too sweet with overpowering spices. Disappointing, especially for the price.

    14. Cornelia Carvalho

      Eucalyptus, blueberries, fresh wood, vanilla, and a long peppery finish. Decant for 30-45 minutes.

    15. Sally Hicks

      Over oaked with brief finish and little fruit notes. Not worth the premium price.

    16. Joe Sonnenberg

      Structured with cherry notes.

    17. Sidney Crooms

      Lovely aroma, good weight and mouthfeel. Very moreish and easy to like.

    18. Beatrice Lewis

      Daou Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: A high-end Paso Cab with black fruit and flint on the nose. Good tannins and finish, though a bit weak in the mid-palate. Nice blend of blackberry, tobacco, and a hint of anise. Recommended.

    19. Vera Russell

      Fruit forward with some tannins left in the palate. Tasted good with a steak!

    20. Joseph Bova

      A full-bodied wine with dark purple color and notes of blackberry, black cherry, leather, oak, vanilla, graphite, and plum. Scents of licorice, spice, blackberry, and dark chocolate. Dry and slightly acidic with a lengthy finish. This vintage should be cellared.

    21. Steven Smith


    22. Jennie Wilson

      Cabernet is nice, but reserve isn’t worth the extra cost.

    23. Julie Dodd

      Worth waiting until 2023 or later.

    24. Lawrence Kerr

      Expertly crafted virtual tasting with Fred Dame. Insightful and educational notes on wine making, not just a sales pitch. A wealth of knowledge on Daou and wine in general. A high-end wine that falls short on the palette with weak berry notes and thin texture.

    25. Lee Bunch

      Red cherries abound with restrained tannins; aging recommended.

    26. Robert Yu

      Beautifully matured wine worth $59.

    27. Ida Moore

      Cherries with substance and elegance.

    28. Frank Cunningham

      Opulent and well-integrated with blue and black fruits, a long finish, and perfectly dialed-in oak. Paired well with creamy beef stew.

    29. Jean Boyle

      Decant for 1.5 hours for a clearer palate and stronger black fruit with a hint of cigar box on the finish.

    30. Lois Elliott

      Smooth and sweet, easy to drink.

    31. Nina Grimes

      Purple color, medium/full body, round texture, medium finish, high acidity.

    32. Sherry Mack

      Dry cab with bold tannins. Notes of blackberry preserves and oak. Great value, could benefit from aging.

    33. Claude Lombardo


    34. Saul Kilburn

      Nice nose and deep purple color, but a little thin and lacks depth.

    35. Ivy Ulibarri

      Ages well; drinkable in 3+ years.

    36. Trinidad Curtis

      Overpriced Cab that disappoints, needs aging.

    37. Nan Basel

      Young with strong tannins but opened up after an hour of decanting with good fruit flavors and aftertaste. Will repurchase.

    38. Jimmy Davis

      One hour decant. Cranberry red. Nose of blackberries, raspberries, smoke and ash. Ash dominant in taste. Heavy acidity, firm tannins. Medium plus body. Nice QPR at $50.

    39. William Wright

      Thick, massive wine with dark purple fruit and tannins.

    40. Charles Randolph

      Slightly less dry than expected, sweet fruit aroma, pricey but enjoyable. Drink in moderation.

    41. Jacquline Eubanks

      Superb berry notes. Perfect with steak or burger.

    42. Michael Garbarino

      Delicious, fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon with a bold taste that complements ribeyes perfectly. No heavy mouthfeel.

    43. Thelma Rahn

      Wait 7-10 years to appreciate this wine’s potential. It changes completely and comes together marvelously. Daou is worth the reward. 92-94 rating depending on the vintage.

    44. Tara Edward

      Silky but lacking complexity in finish.

    45. Cheryl Sumner

      Smooth, delicious, no bitterness.

    46. Sean Platner

      “Young, bright berry nose. Good acid balance, with earthy finish. Improves with age, but lovely now. Great value.”

    47. Curtis Hale

      18 months oak, medium plus nose with sweet spice, espresso, black plum, baking spice, nutmeg, blackberry. Palate juicy but rustic, spice layers do well, black fruits, complex finish. Better value than Napa, might need time for complexity.

    48. Christopher Johnson

      Great cab.

    49. William Johnson

      Solid bottle with dusty tannins coating blackberries, softens and opens up after an hour or two.

    50. Holly Olsson

      Balanced with sweet fruit, but more sweetness than I prefer. Vinous lists it as 50% new oak, surprising considering its opulence. Ripe blue/black, cassis and vanilla with structured tannins.

    51. Chase Carlson

      Potential for improvement with age.

    52. Patricia Bitting

      Thin and sweet with berry and oak flavors. Not bad, but better options exist for around $40.

    53. Anne Rutherford

      Approachable young wine with dry tannins and fruity notes. Not very complex but solid under $50. Bought 2019 Daou reserve Chardonnay, rich with fruit and oak flavors. Not for everyone but great for rich dishes with low acidity.

    54. Dolores Mance

      DAOU Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has a spicy, peppery flavor that needs time to integrate and balance itself out. It will be great in a few years. The wine has a magnificent nose of dark chocolate, licorice, blackberries, and cured meats. The palate delivers an explosion of fresh, dark berry fruits with lovely accents of blueberry and raspberry. The wine promises excellent age-worthiness with flavors of blackberry, juicy black cherry, cassis, and cocoa.

    55. Erica Hammond

      Fruit forward with blue fruits, mild tannins. Decanting improves. Good buy at $30. Not as complex as Napa cabs. Will buy again.

    56. Kelly Reynolds

      Better and more complex than Post & Beam Cab at a lower price.

    57. Wilson Starr

      “Favorable score for concentrated Cabernet with chocolate and tobacco notes. Lacks complexity for $50+ price range.”

    58. Bertha Colvin


    59. Jeffrey Walker

      Dark ink color, full-bodied with plums, dark fruits, oak, and cassis. Firm tannins and a long finish. Decant for at least one hour.

    60. Michael Vildosola

      Fruit forward nose, spicy palate, mellowed out after 2 hours. Fine for the price.

    61. Wendell Harris

      Full-bodied, memorable taste.

    62. Nicole Bisarra

      High quality, smooth drinking cab with deep color. Lacks complexity, but a steal at $30.

    63. Laurie Phelps

      Deep red with slow legs. Oak, cassis, and blackberry nose. Full-bodied with leathery texture, long finish, and medium acidity.

    64. Helen Wang

      Great value wine with notes of plum, blackberry, pencil lead, leather, and baking spices. Well-balanced acidity and tannin.

    65. Esther Machado

      Obnoxious, with a green Paso vibe – Bryan.

    66. Lewis Lafave

      “Step up from Paso Robles Cab, nice taste.”

    67. Eleanor Gardner

      Drink now.

    68. Lizbeth Foster


    69. Linda Lubrano

      Smooth and well-integrated tannins; dusty cocoa, savory sage, juicy blackberry palate with chalky minerality and medium acidity. Hold and revisit.

    70. Linnie Bedard

      Tart and lacking depth, not worth a second purchase.

    71. Lillian Casbarro

      Deep purple color. Aromas of honey, mocha, and plum. Brambly palate with firm tannins on the finish. Good for a Christmas party, but not something to actively seek out.

    72. Daniel Perez

      Review: Requires aging, try again in a few years.

    73. Maria Ayala

      Lukens 15.99: A must-try wine.

    74. Edward Tanaka

      Great gift for Leslie Hess. Delicious taste.

    75. Merlin Waite

      Dark fruits, smooth finish, amazing value.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WE 95
    Wine Enthusiast
    Dark and focused aromas of cherry, clove and caramel meet with creamy milk chocolate and mahogany on the layered nose of this bottling. Showing a deft mastery of tannins, which is the Daou hallmark, the palate is silky and yet structured, offering rich fruit and lightly bitter walnut flavors.
    WA 96
    Wine Advocate
    The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is blended with 23% Petit Verdot, made entirely with free-run juice, and it will be matured for 16 months in 50% new French oak. Opaque ruby, it offers pure aromas of cassis, violet, grilled meats, desert sage and bell pepper. The full-bodied palate is powdery, energetic and detailed with a long, layered finish.
    JS 94
    James Suckling
    Beautiful cabernet character here with blackcurrants and blackberries at the perfect level of ripeness, together with hints of walnuts, cedar and black olives. Graphite, too. Medium- to full-bodied, so silky and polished. Tightly packed tannins but refined and delicate at the same time. Lingering finish. Even and long.

    What does Daou Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 taste like?

    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, mushroom

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry, red fruit

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, tobacco, vanilla

    apple, green apple, apricot

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, dark fruit

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, licorice, cinnamon

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus, orange

    cheese, cream, banana

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    rhubarb, bell pepper

    raisin, fig, prune

    tropical, pineapple, mango

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, lavender, potpourri

    Food Pairing with Daou Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

    Our wine experts think this Bold and Structured Daou Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

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