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DAOU Soul of a Lion 2020

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15.20% /
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Vintage: 2020
  • MEL 95
  • WE 97
  • WA 95
  • DEC 95
  • JD 96
  • JS 95
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Crafted in honor of the Daou family patriarch, the DAOU Soul Of A Lion 2020 stands as the epitome of the winery’s aspirations in producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon from the unique terroir of DAOU Mountain. This vintage is a masterful creation by winemaker Daniel Daou, encapsulating the essence of the vineyard’s distinctive character.
The DAOU Soul Of A Lion 2020, an exquisite blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot, showcases a magnificent profile. Aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak, this blend imparts a complex and nuanced structure to the wine.
The wine’s color is a deep, inviting ruby, hinting at the richness within. Aromatically, the Soul Of A Lion presents a captivating array of black cherry, mulberry, and Oregon blackberry, intertwined with sophisticated notes of leather, cigar box, and dark chocolate. Subtle hints of desert sage and crame de menthe further accentuate the rich fruit profile.
On the palate, the DAOU Soul Of A Lion Cabernet Sauvignon reveals its silky and voluptuous nature. It offers an abundance of currant, cassis, black raspberry, and ripe cherry, complemented by fig and baking spice undertones. Earthy notes of dates and truffle add depth, while mature, ripe tannins provide a weighty, velvety texture. The wine’s limestone minerality and subtle oak integration contribute to its complex character. The finish is long and memorable, leaving impressions of blackberry, plum, espresso, and a hint of white pepper. This wine, with its immense staying power, promises to evolve favorably for many years.
Critical acclaims underscore the wine’s excellence. Wine Enthusiast awarded it 97 points, praising its intense purple fruit and flower nose, elegant palate, and masterful tannin management. Jeb Dunnuck gave it 96 points, highlighting its ripe black fruits and structured style. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and Decanter both awarded it 95 points, commending its deep ruby color, pure aromas, rustic texture, and savory character. James Suckling also awarded it 95 points, emphasizing its seductive nose and harmonious structure.
The DAOU Soul Of A Lion 2020, as a signature offering from Daou Family Estates, is not just a testament to the winemaking prowess of Daniel Daou but also a tribute to the family’s commitment to quality and excellence. It embodies the spirit of the Daou estate, reflecting both the power and elegance of the lion in every sip. This wine, a true embodiment of the DAOU family’s dedication, stands as a beacon of quality in the DAOU Soul Of A Lion reviews. The DAOU Soul Of A Lion wine, especially the Cabernet Sauvignon from the Adelaida District Estate, is a magnificent representation of what the DAOU Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and the DAOU family vineyards can produce. The Soul of the Lion wine is a crowning achievement in the world of fine wines, and a testament to the legacy of the Daou family.

18 reviews for DAOU Soul of a Lion 2020

  1. Troy Hernandez

    The oak and blackberry notes in the DAOU Soul of a Lion are simply exquisite. It was like tasting a bit of heaven. Thanks to famelounge for the super fast delivery!

  2. Lily Lanzarin

    The vanilla undertones of the Soul of a Lion DAOU are absolutely divine. The winemaker Daniel Daou did an exceptional job. The free shipping on 3 bottles was a nice bonus.

  3. Luther Shoemaker

    I enjoyed the robust plum and cherry flavors of the DAOU Soul of the Lion. Its earthy tones were a perfect match for my steak dinner.

  4. Lessie Horiuchi

    The Soul of a Lion was a delightful experience. The leather and chocolate notes danced on my tongue, making it a memorable evening.

  5. Rhoda Holcomb

    This DAOU Soul of a Lion Cabernet Sauvignon is a dream. The enticing tobacco and blueberry notes are a testament to its fine craftsmanship.

  6. Jessica Kilpatrick

    The black cherry and dark fruit notes of the Soul of Lion DAOU were a delightful surprise. It’s a must try for any wine lover.

  7. Ruth Jensen

    The pepper and graphite notes in the DAOU Soul of a Lion wine were bold and exciting. Paso Robles AVA has outdone themselves with this one.

  8. Sylvia Lopez

    Soul of a Lion Cabernet boasts of rich cocoa and earthy notes. Its subtle licorice aftertaste was a pleasant surprise. Kudos to the winemaker Daniel Daou.

  9. Rosie Morris

    I was blown away by the cedar and smoke notes in the Soul of a Lion Wine. It was like a cozy evening by the fireplace.

  10. Fannie Sandefur

    The raspberry and red fruit notes in the DAOU wine Soul of a Lion were absolutely refreshing. This wine is a testament to the magic that the winemaker Daniel Daou can create.

  11. Denise Carlson

    The DAOU Soul of a Lion is a symphony of flavors. It’s like a luscious dance of blackberry, vanilla, and oak on the palate. The winemaker, Daniel Daou, surely hit a home run with this one.

  12. Donnie Littrell

    Just tried the DAOU Soul of a Lion and wow, what a rich blend! The tobacco and cherry notes are so well balanced, it’s like an orchestra in my mouth. Super fast delivery by famelounge too!

  13. Phyllis Knutson

    The Soul of a Lion Daou is truly a celebration of tastes. Love the hints of plum, leather, and dark fruit. It’s an earthy delight. Also, free shipping on 3 bottles is a steal!

  14. Martin Mattioli

    DAOU Soul of the Lion, a wine that is as bold as it is beautiful. The black fruit and cocoa notes are a treat to the senses. Great job by the winemaker, Daniel Daou.

  15. Priscilla Richey

    The Soul of Lion Daou is a wine lover’s dream. The cedar and black cherry undertones are a perfect match. Plus, the super fast delivery by famelounge is a bonus!

  16. Joseph Martinez

    The DAOU Soul of a Lion Cabernet Sauvignon is a true gem. The flavors of pepper, graphite, and red fruit are a medley of delight. The Paso Robles AVA has outdone itself.

  17. Stephen Dishon

    The Soul of a Lion wine is a revelation. The complexity of the dark chocolate, blackcurrant, and cinnamon notes is simply stunning. Famelounge did a great job with the fast delivery.

  18. Kimberly Vincent

    Just sipped on Soul of Lion Daou and it’s heavenly. The subtle notes of cigar, violet, and jam make it a unique blend. Loving the free shipping on 3 bottles deal.

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Who makes Daou wine?

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has purchased DAOU Vineyards for $1 billion. DAOU Vineyards was established in Paso Robles in 2007 by brothers Georges and Daniel Daou.

What is the soul of the lion 2020?

"Soul of the Lion" 2020 is a flagship Bordeaux-style wine from DAOU Vineyards in Paso Robles, California, primarily made from Cabernet Sauvignon. It's known for its rich, complex profile with dark fruit flavors and a balance of oak, symbolizing the strength and vision of the DAOU family.

What type of wine is Daou?

DAOU Vineyards specializes in premium Bordeaux-style wines, particularly acclaimed for their Cabernet Sauvignon, along with Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Sauvignon Blanc, showcasing the distinctive terroir of Paso Robles, California.

Critical Acclaim

MEL 95
Mel's Notes


Deep Ruby.


A rich tapestry of black cherry, mulberry, Oregon blackberry, leather, cigar box, dark chocolate, desert sage, and crème de menthe.


  • Flavor Profile: Layered with currant, cassis, black raspberry, ripe cherry, fig, baking spice, dates, and truffle. Hints of blackberry, plum, espresso, and white pepper on the finish.
  • Body of the Wine: Full-bodied, voluptuous
  • Tannin Structure: Mature and ripe, contributing to a weighty and velvety texture.
  • Sweetness Levels:Dry.
  • Acidity Levels: Well-balanced, contributing to the wine's freshness and complexity.

Food Pairings:

Given the robust structure and complexity of the DAOU Soul Of A Lion, particularly with its dominant Cabernet Sauvignon, it pairs excellently with hearty dishes. Ideal with grilled red meats like prime rib or lamb chops, which complement the wine’s tannin structure. The wine's depth and earthy tones also make it a perfect match for mushroom risotto or dishes with black truffles. For cheese pairings, aged cheddar or gouda can enhance the wine’s dark fruit and chocolate notes.

WE 97
Wine Enthusiast
Impressively dark in the glass, this bottling pairs intense purple fruit and flower on this nose with more roasted, umami-laden aromas. The elegant palate is a master class in tannin management, proving firm in structure yet soft in mouthfeel. Flavors of blackberry jam, cocoa, walnut and cracked pepper ride a lingering acidity into the finish.
WA 95
Wine Advocate
The 2020 Soul Of A Lion, made from free-run juice, is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot matured for 22 months in 100% new French oak. It has a deep ruby color and pure aromas of blackcurrants, tobacco, truffle and thyme with touches of leather and graphite. The full-bodied palate has a pleasantly rustic texture and savory character, finishing with tobacco accents.
DEC 95
Full, voluptuous and complex wine which will only improve with age. The fruit is dominant now, but the tertiary notes are knocking on the door. Aromas of dark berries, blackberries and blackcurrants, confirmed on the palate alongside mocha, chocolate and black liquorice notes. Medium-plus to firm tannins that will continue to integrate with age. A lengthy finish. This wine has a long life ahead.
JD 96
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2020 Soul Of A Lion is tighter and more backward than the 2019 (which was also tight and focused at this stage as well), offering lots of ripe black fruits, new leather, mineral, and iron nuances to go with a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, structured style on the palate. It's unquestionably a beautiful, outstanding wine. Range: 94-96
JS 95
James Suckling
Seductive and enchanting nose with aromas of wild berries, dried herbs, pencil lead, bark and leather. It's full-bodied with fine tannins. Well-built with the harmonious structure supporting a velvety core of berries and chocolate which caress the mid-palate.

What does DAOU Soul of a Lion 2020 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, stone fruit

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, orange zest

cheese, cream, oil

Vegetal notes found in the wine

tomato, grass, green bell pepper

raisin, fig, prune

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, perfume

Food Pairing with DAOU Soul of a Lion 2020

Our wine experts think this Bold and Structured DAOU Soul of a Lion 2020 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!
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Winemaker of DAOU Soul of a Lion 2020

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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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