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Daou ‘The Pessimist’ 2021

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Vintage: 2021
  • WE 93
  • WIL 91
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Daou ‘The Pessimist’ 2021 is a bright and full-bodied blend of 76% Petite Sirah, 12% Zinfandel, 10% Syrah and 2% Lagrein for a complexity of flavor. This powerhouse of a wine offers intense aromas of blueberry, boysenberry, black plum, elderberry, truffle, cocoa and cardamom, with lingering notes of eucalyptus, leather, cherry pipe tobacco and grilled meats.

On the palate, lush, generous flavors of black cherry, blueberry creme de cassis and damp forest floor mix with hints of lavender, anise and black olive. It is massive in weight yet elegantly structured. The finish is smooth with leisure and length, complete with notes of blackberry, espresso bean and pomegranate.

This well-balanced beauty was crafted under the winemaking expertise of Daniel Daou, and is aged for 10 months in 50% new French oak barrels that lend a perfect amount of oak influence to the wine. Climate, wine making processes, and unique terrior together have created this evocative Pessimist blend.

Having earned an impressive 93 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Daou ‘The Pessimist’ 2021 is certain to turn ‘pessimists’ into ‘˜optimists’ with its gorgeous fruit-forward aromas, rich, full body, and soft tannins. Enjoy this beautifully crafted blend to full effect with roasted meats, charcuterie, and gamey dishes.

76 reviews for Daou ‘The Pessimist’ 2021

  1. Maurice Bayerl

    Decant for 40 minutes, transforms into a better wine.

  2. Kim House

    Berries, oak, pepper, lingering finish.

  3. Roberto Gordon

    Drinkable, but too fruit-forward for my taste.

  4. Michael Kulig

    Fruity, but too sweet with food.

  5. Michelle Warner

    Full-bodied and enjoyable, great for drinking. Will buy again.

  6. Margaret Stoneberg

    Review: Avoid. No fruit. Musty. No redeeming qualities. Overpriced at $20.

  7. Cory Flores

    Great value, fruit-forward but not jammy. Versatile Paso Robles expression.

  8. Benjamin Cox

    Virtual tasting on 29/04/2020. Wine from South of San Francisco. 64% petite Shiraz, 23% Shiraz, 10% Zinfandel, 2% Lagrein, 1% Tannat. Notes of tobacco. Finishes with blackberry/blueberry. Pairs well with venison or chili.

  9. Brandon Bierce

    Disappointing. Appropriately named wine with a purple label but tasted like cheap wine from Walgreens. Not recommended.

  10. Briana Cannaday

    Palate: Big, boozy fruit bomb (Zin) with hints of leather and earth. Overpriced, but supposed to be a take on The Prisoner.

  11. Julie Peck

    Blueberry pie: very sweet, dark fruit, high alcohol, smooth. Pair with dessert.

  12. Velma Fitzsimmons

    Great value wine with a fruity punch and sturdy backbone. Perfectly complements grilled beef steak.

  13. Timothy Carson

    Intense smoky fruit aroma with hints of black olive, pepper, and liquorice. Full-bodied with fine tannins and good acidity. Perfumed fruit quality on second taste. Overall, pretty decent.

  14. Ben Collins

    Berry notes dominate with light hints of vanilla. Good, but priced at $25.

  15. Michele Postlewait

    Flavors of cherry and granite present.

  16. Hazel Houston

    “Nice red blend, exceeded expectations. Perfect for everyday drinking.”

  17. Tamara Driscoll

    Bitter aftertaste for an hour, followed by a distinctive collection of fruits.

  18. Ollie Johnson

    “Best under $20 wine I’ve had in a long time. Big, dark, great nose, full-bodied and great finish. Blew everyone away on the boat. Amazing QPR ratio.”

  19. Damien Herrera

    Bold and fruity with a strong grip. Surprisingly good.

  20. Kristin Pettit

    Paso Robles Petite Syrah blend @restaurant: Dark red, red fruit on nose & palate. Ample acid, medium tannins. Good sipping wine w/ dinner.

  21. John Hansen

    Great value for a red blend.

  22. Gertrude Willis

    Blend of 74% Petite Sirah, 13% Syrah, and 13% Zinfandel.

  23. Ginger Davis

    Fruit-forward, quaffable and shareable.

  24. Joshua Blevins

    Smooth with subtle oak and vanilla notes, buttery finish. Dark fruits, red cherry, cassis and smoke. Easy to drink but be careful, it’s 15% alcohol with a touch of residual sugar.

  25. Wesley Waldvogel

    Durif is a must-try for Petite Sirah lovers. Harvested from ripe grapes in sunny Paso Robles, this is a rich, fruity wine with a 15.2%ABV. The wine has blackberry, black plum, dark chocolate, leather, coffee, black pepper, blueberry, and black tea flavors. Mid-grade tannins and gentle acidity make for a beautiful mouthfeel. It’s a $17 bottle from DAOU vineyards and gets 5 stars from me.

  26. Steven Mendieta

    Full-bodied with blue and black fruit notes, this wine is crowd-pleasing with a tannic spice that’s present but subdued. Aging won’t do much, but it’s drinking well now with an hour or two of opening. Good QPR.

  27. Tanya Miller

    Full-bodied with a plummy and black fruit nose, hints of violets and dried meat. Dark on the palate with oak, spices, and vanilla. Finishes with crushed rocks.

  28. Dorethea Hronick

    Fruit forward, dry, food-friendly, enjoyable. Complimented brisket well. Would buy again.

  29. Charles Thiel

    This Petite Sirah is a concentrated, brash, and unapologetic wine bursting with flavors of baked plum, blueberry compote, blackberry preserves, and vanilla bean oak. Priced just right at around $20, it pulls off a sense of balance with well-integrated acidity. Best enjoyed now, it’s a fun and artfully crafted wine.

  30. Charlotte Beachum

    Medium-bodied with a touch of sweetness, but slightly heavy.

  31. Elizabeth Reed

    Great value for money. Will repurchase.

  32. Betty Felix

    Dark fruit, smoky, peppery, pairs well with chicken Alfredo. Smooth tannins and buttery finish.

  33. Beth Davenport

    Balanced black fruit juice with notes of berries and plums, vanilla oak, and lengthy finish.

  34. Daniel Reyes

    Great 2018, okay 2019. Confused if had two 2019s or a 2018 and a 2019. Needs another to be sure. First bottle outstanding.

  35. Ginny Cottrell

    Blue fruit with a hint of smoke and oak, slightly acidic and not too sweet.

  36. David Ginn

    Great fruit forward wine.

  37. Irene Fontaine

    Rich and fruity, medium+ body. Loved by all. Need more!

  38. Marvin Hewitt

    Smooth and mineral blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache, and Zinfandel. No pairing required.

  39. Brian Stobie

    Purple with blueberry and lavender aroma, soft tannins, fruity with notes of Christmas spices, vanilla, and cola. Buy again.

  40. Jacqueline Courson

    Full-bodied and juicy with currants, black cherries, and oak. High ABV is well-integrated, hibiscus tannin adds flavor and structure. Solid wine.

  41. Nathan Kyzer

    Over-extracted, tasted like grapefruit cooler. Not worth the money.

  42. Sonia Andrade

    Recommended for fans of big, dark and full Paso profiles. Good value and smooth. Prefer over Austin Hope Quest at the same price point. Will buy more.

  43. Audrey Poole

    Short and sweet: Versatile and light.

  44. Shonda Hendershot

    Smooth and flavorful. Delicious on its own.

  45. Steven Jones

    Not worth tasting in a Pinot Noir lineup. Sweet, viscous, sour, and awful. No score given, will try again another night.

  46. Carl Brown

    Review: Thick and dark, with berry aromas and a tannic structure. Made of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Lagrein, with a 15.2% alcohol level. Enjoy now or in the future.

  47. Jaime Hyer


  48. Richard Sheaffer

    Perfect with smoked brisket and as an aperitif.

  49. Ricky Johnson

    Not a fan of the overly stylized quasi Port.

  50. Margaret Gladden

    Easy-to-drink wine with a blend of Petite Syrah, Syrah, Grenache, and Zin. Concentrated dark fruit with medium tannins and freshness. A great alternative to California Cab at $20.

  51. David Lupkes

    Average, not impressive.

  52. Janet Bells

    Flat and drinkable, with a disappearing vegetal taste. Low tannin and acid, not offensive.

  53. Miquel Ahuna

    Off-dry with some character, great with food.

  54. Mildred Constantine

    Heavy, artificial oak muddles the slightly candied fruit in this unappealing red. Hard to distinguish from an $8 Jacob’s Creek.

  55. Susan Turpin

    Palate coated with dark cherry and apricot fruit. Earth, pipe tobacco and mushroom notes. Not ideal as a food wine.

  56. Armando Cannon

    Daou Petite Sirah blend offers a nice balance of bark and raspberry cola with a plush smoothness. A great choice to serve blind to friends.

  57. Blanche Eley

    Consistently excellent, fantastic value at $18.

  58. Thomas Ramos

    Decent wine with dark chocolate and earth flavor. Not complex but good for the price.

  59. Kevin Lemaster


  60. Gilberto Meacham

    Dark ruby color with notes of boysenberry, dark chocolate, brown spice, and tobacco. Ripe, lush, and balanced with a quaffable taste.

  61. George Mackey

    Rich and dark, this blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Lagrein is best paired with rich food like pâté.

  62. Kevin Jackson

    Good party wine, but forgettable.

  63. Charles Meyer

    Dark and hot.

  64. Manuel Burge

    Decent daily with dark fruit notes and medium tannin, slightly thin.

  65. Jeremy Duty

    “Recommend this spicy, well-rounded blend.”

  66. James Kuster

    Go-to table wine. $20 at Costco and Total Wine. Rounded palette with dark fruit and berry notes.

  67. Susan Patterson

    Soft, grapey, and mass-pleasing. Easy to drink with homemade pizza.

  68. Robert Smith

    Balanced with subtle fruit notes.

  69. Nancy Roth

    Good taste, poor structure.

  70. WIL

    The 2021 DAOU Pessimist speaks well of what Paso Robles brings to the wine world. TASTING NOTES: This powerful will built wine offers aromas and flavors of black fruit, licorice, and oaky notes. Enjoy its full yet smooth ride with grilled short ribs.

  71. Sarah Edmunds

    “Go-to” table wine, deep and rich with a hint of sweetness. Unbeatable at $20.

  72. Jessica Pershall

    Review: Appearance 3, Aroma/Bouquet 5, Taste/Texture 5, Aftertaste 2, Overall Impression 2. Total 17/20. Price: $20 at Costco.

  73. Tony Aubuchon

    Delicious blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Lagrein. Great value, perfect for parties, and a nice after-dinner sipper. Would buy again.

  74. Phyllis Brown

    Dark, ripe, sweet, and crowd-pleasing wine with a light structure.

  75. Robert Garvie

    Superb wine.

  76. Nadine Canfield

    Deep purple with smoky cherry notes, this full-bodied blend of petite sirah, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Lagrein is complex and has a long finish. JI=2.

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Critical Acclaim

WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
This widely available red blend satisfies in so many ways. Hearty aromas of thick, dark fruit, smoke and anise lead from the nose into a rich palate that's loaded with cassis and violet. A persistent peel of acidity adds balance.
WIL 91
Wilfred Wong
The 2021 DAOU Pessimist speaks well of what Paso Robles brings to the wine world. TASTING NOTES: This powerful will built wine offers aromas and flavors of black fruit, licorice, and oaky notes. Enjoy its full yet smooth ride with grilled short ribs.
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Winemaker of Daou 'The Pessimist' 2021

Daniel Daou

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