(75 customer reviews)

Daou Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2021

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Vintage: 2021
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Wine Description

Daou Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve2021, crafted by winemaker Daniel Daou of Daou Vineyards, is a remarkable expression of the Bordeaux-style wines for which Paso Robles is renowned. This wine has intense purple-red hues that are visually captivating and prepare the senses for an extraordinary experience.

The scent reveals a complex and inviting blend of black fruit, pomegranate, tobacco, mocha, and bay leaf. As you stir, subtle notes of clove, vanilla, and nutmeg delicately join the blend like a symphony. As you continue to drink this wine, you will notice more complexity and personality. The first sip will cover your palate with luxurious textures and a balanced mix of red fruit, blueberry, and raspberry that tastes like chocolate. The flavors intertwine seamlessly, creating a palate that is both vibrant and indulgent. The 2021 Daou Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon offers a fresh and rich experience, balanced by velvety tannins that add structure and grace. It leaves a lasting impression with its impressive length, inviting you to savor every moment.

Renowned wine critic Robert Parker has awarded this wine an impressive 94 points, a testament to its exceptional quality and craftsmanship. It exemplifies the commitment of Daou Vineyards and winemaker Daniel Daou to produce world-class wines that rival the most respected appellations.

The 2021 vintage was characterized by a dry winter, punctuated by a singular storm in February, providing the vineyards with essential rainfall. A touch of rain in July revitalized the soil, ensuring optimal conditions for the vines. The summer season witnessed periodic heat waves, but the weather moderated in mid-August, with cooler temperatures persisting through harvest. This extended hang time allowed the fruit to reach its full potential, resulting in small berries and low yields that contribute to the wine’s structure and age-worthiness.

Daou Family Estates, a family-owned and operated winery, is dedicated to crafting collectible, world-class wines that showcase the terroir of the Adelaida District in Paso Robles. Situated on a picturesque 212-acre hilltop estate, the winery benefits from unique geology, a favorable microclimate, and high elevation. Their commitment to blending Old World tradition with New World techniques is evident in each bottle they produce.

Daou Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Reserve’ 2021 is a true masterpiece, a wine that reflects the passion, expertise, and dedication of the Daou family and winemaker Daniel Daou. With its superb quality and compelling flavors, it is destined to become a collector’s item and a testament to Paso Robles’ status as a world-class wine region.

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Weight 3.5 lbs

Reviews (75)

75 reviews for Daou Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 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

WA 94
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.

What does Daou Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2021 taste like?


leather, earthy, mushroom

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, green apple, apricot

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

citrus, orange

cheese, cream, banana

rhubarb, bell pepper

raisin, fig, prune

tropical, pineapple, mango

violet, lavender, potpourri

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Daou Family Estates (also known as Daou Vineyards), located in the Adelaida District AVA of Paso Robles, California. The winery is famous for making outstanding Read More
Cabernet Sauvignon is a red grape varietal that is widely regarded as one of the world's most popular and highly valued wine grapes. This grape is grown in many regions around the world, including France, the United States, Australia, Chile, and Argentina. The wine made from this grape is known for its intense flavor, high tannin content, and longevity. Cabernet Sauvignon is a hybrid grape, the result of a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, which are both native to the Bordeaux region of France. The grape is known for its thick skin, which helps it to withstand harsh weather conditions, and its small berries, which contribute to its concentrated flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are typically harvested in the late fall, when the grapes have reached their optimal... Read More
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