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Daou Soul of a Lion 2019

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14.80% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2019
  • WE 95
  • WA 97
  • DEC 96
  • JD 96
  • JS 95
  • VIN 96
  • JCR 17/20
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Crafted by the skilled hands of Daniel Daou, the Daou Soul Of A Lion 2019 is a testament to the exceptional terroir of DAOU Mountain. This wine, hailed by Daniel Daou as a revelation, is a harmonious blend of blackberry, blueberry, blackcurrant, dark cherry, sweet tobacco, and licorice. The wine opens with an explosion of aromas and flavors, creating a sensory kaleidoscope that captivates the senses. The addition of a floral dimension brings an integrated sense of elegance and freshness to the overall profile.

The color of the Daou Soul Of A Lion 2019 is a deep, inviting hue that hints at the wine’s full-bodied nature. This vintage, born from what Daniel Daou considers possibly the greatest harvest at DAOU Mountain, showcases the results of a perfect growing season. The heavy rains during dormancy, moderate temperatures, and extended hang time led to a mighty harvest. With ample winter rainfall replenishing the soil’s micronutrients, the grapes thrived, arriving in exquisite condition.

The 2019 vintage reflects the culmination of the Daou family’s passion for accessible yet exceptional wine, continuous innovation, and artistry. The winery, still family-owned and operated, remains dedicated to the relentless pursuit of the extraordinary. The Daou Soul Of A Lion 2019 embodies this commitment, offering not just a wine but an emotional connection and an elevated experience of life-affirming joy.

The Daou Soul Of A Lion 2019 has received a cascade of critical acclaim, affirming its status as an exceptional vintage. Wine Enthusiast’s 95 points highlight its brooding nature, with aromas of toasted espresso bean, charred walnut shell, and dark cocoa. Wine Advocate awards an impressive 97 points, praising its opaque ruby color, detailed flavors, and resolved tannins. Decanter’s 96 points characterize it as a luscious meditation wine with a harmonious dance of black fruits, chocolate, and sweet vanilla. Jeb Dunnuck, with 96 points, commends its dense purple hue, beautiful nose, and voluptuous texture. Vinous, with 96 points, lauds its inky magenta appearance, spicy thrust, and smoky finish. James Suckling’s 95 points hail its full-bodied richness, polished tannins, and elegant finish. Lastly, Jancis Robinson’s 17/20 points highlight its ferrous and dark-fruited character, suggesting a wine with substantial longevity. The critical acclaims associated with this wine paint a picture of its remarkable quality. Daniel Daou, the visionary winemaker behind this creation, describes the 2019 vintage as having “ultra-high phenolic levels” yet maintaining “evenness and poise.” The structure is balanced, and the power of the wine is evident, promising a magnificent evolution with several years of careful cellaring. The extraordinary length of the finish leaves a lasting impression, making it clear that the Soul Of A Lion 2019 is a wine of exceptional pedigree.

In conclusion, the Daou Soul Of A Lion 2019 is a symphony in a bottle, where the notes of fruit, florals, and the essence of DAOU Mountain converge to create a wine that is both powerful and elegant.For those fortunate enough to experience it, the Soul Of A Lion 2019 promises an unforgettable journey of the senses and a glimpse into the extraordinary.

 

 

 

2 reviews for Daou Soul of a Lion 2019

  1. WA

    The 2019 Soul Of A Lion is a blend of free-run Cabernet Sauvignon (77%), Cabernet Franc (14%), and Petit Verdot (9%), aged 22 months in 100% new French oak. Opaque ruby in color, it offers aromatic contrast between dark, savory cherry fruit, chargrill, and graphite, and top notes of green pepper and rose petals. The palate explodes with detailed flavors and its tannins are already resolved and chocolaty, with seamless acidity and exotic spicy layers emerging on the extended finish. Wow! Drink 2022 through 2042.

  2. JS

    A full-bodied cabernet sauvignon with firmness and length. Very polished tannins. Chewy and solid. Very curated and thoughtful quality to the tannins. Sandalwood and blackberry on the finish, which remains elegant, despite the strength.

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Critical Acclaim

WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
Toasted espresso bean, charred walnut shell and seared meat aromas ride atop a dark cassis tone, all contributing to the portrait of a brooding wine. That classic toasty, woody element spreads through the palate, as dark cocoa dust sprinkled across rich berry sauce flavors get a light pop of mint on the finish.
WA 97
Wine Advocate
The 2019 Soul Of A Lion is a blend of free-run Cabernet Sauvignon (77%), Cabernet Franc (14%), and Petit Verdot (9%), aged 22 months in 100% new French oak. Opaque ruby in color, it offers aromatic contrast between dark, savory cherry fruit, chargrill, and graphite, and top notes of green pepper and rose petals. The palate explodes with detailed flavors and its tannins are already resolved and chocolaty, with seamless acidity and exotic spicy layers emerging on the extended finish. Wow! Drink 2022 through 2042.
DEC 96
Decanter
A luscious meditation wine with a long life ahead. On the nose, a harmonious dance of dark black fruits, chocolate, sweet vanilla and a marked earthiness. Flavours of blackberry compote, black cherry and tobacco leaf interplay with the firm tannins to deliver a rich, full-bodied, complex wine to be enjoyed either on its own as a main course in itself or with an equally memorable meal.
JD 96
Jeb Dunnuck
Always a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot that's brought up in new barrels, the 2019 Soul Of A Lion sports a dense purple hue as well as a beautiful nose of pure crème de cassis, currants, chocolate, crushed stone, and tobacco. It's rich and full-bodied, with a voluptuous texture, beautiful tannins, and a great finish.
JS 95
James Suckling
A full-bodied cabernet sauvignon with firmness and length. Very polished tannins. Chewy and solid. Very curated and thoughtful quality to the tannins. Sandalwood and blackberry on the finish, which remains elegant, despite the strength.
VIN 96
Vinous
Inky magenta. Primary, mineral-accented cassis, cherry pit, licorice, roasted coffee and incense aromas reveal oak spice and pipe tobacco flourishes. Shows superb clarity and spicy thrust on the palate, offering sweet black and blue fruit, exotic spice, vanilla and candied rose flavors that deftly blend weight and energy. Youthfully gripping tannins frame a wonderfully long, smoky finish that leaves cherry liqueur and vanilla notes behind. 100% new French oak.
JCR 17/20
Jancis Robinson
Ferrous and dark-fruited on the nose. Oak makes itself felt on the nose, with loads of sweet spice. Chewy and substantial and almost austere on the finish, thanks to a strong leathery note. Long but primary – will be worth keeping.

What does Daou Soul of a Lion 2019 taste like?


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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

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

toast, almond, nutty

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, orange, orange zest

cheese, cream, oil

Vegetal notes found in the wine

grass, green bell pepper, red bell pepper

raisin, fig, prune

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender

Food Pairing with Daou Soul of a Lion 2019

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Winemaker of Daou Soul of a Lion 2019

Daniel Daou

Daniel Daou

Daniel Daou is a name that resonates with passion, precision, and a relentless pursuit of winemaking excellence. As the winemaker of DAOU Mountain, his journey from a dream nurtured in the vineyards of France to the reality of the ecological marvel that is DAOU Mountain, stands as a testament to his dedication and innovative spirit. Daniel's life story is not just about making wine; it's about sculpting a legacy in the lush terrains of Paso Robles, one vine at a time. Raised amidst the rich wine culture of France, Daniel was instilled with a dream of winemaking at a very young age. However, it wasn't until years later that this dream would take the form of an ecological gem perched atop DAOU Mountain. Here, Daniel's vision transcended the ordinary, aiming not just to produce wine but... More Products
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