Daou Soul of a Lion | Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 / 750 ml.

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RP97+97+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 8th Sep 2021
The 2018 Soul Of A Lion is an incredible Cabernet Sauvignon, made exclusively from free-run juice, blended with 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot and aged 22 months in 100% new French oak. Opaque ruby-purple in color, the nose opens slowly, segueing from graphite and tobacco leaves, to violets and blue fruit preserves, to cinnamon, potpourri and dark spices. The palate is seamless and cashmere-like, with expansive, pure, mineral-laced fruits enlivened by a burst of freshness that highlights the perfectly ripe fruit character this vintage. The finish is very long, offering violet perfume and iron tones that linger in the mouth. This is a gorgeous wine that combines unique personality with expert craftsmanship. It drinks well now but has all it needs for a long life in the cellar.
WE9696 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 10/1/2021
A creamy black-cherry aroma is balanced by toasted herbs and roasted coffee bean on the nose of this impressive bottling. There’s a firm structure to the dense palate, and the flavors are expertly cohesive, combining herbs and savory meat with blueberry and blackberry.
JD95+95+ pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 9/30/2021
Based largely on Cabernet Sauvignon blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2018 Soul Of A Lion offers a brilliant array of cassis, tobacco leaf, graphite, lead pencil, and earth. With full-bodied richness on the palate, it offers ripe tannins, a round, layered, yet still focused texture, and a great finish. Tight, compact, and focused, it’s going to benefit from 3–4 years of bottle age and drink brilliantly over the following 15–20 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)
JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Aromas of blackberries and lavender follow through to a full body with tight, firm tannins that are long and linear. Lots of pretty fruit as well. Some pine-needle and forest-floor undertones. A cooler and more refined Daou. Drinkable now, but better in 2023.
VN9595 pts. - Vinous - Jul 2022
Dark purple. Intensely perfumed dark berry liqueur, exotic spice, incense, floral and licorice aromas show outstanding clarity and pick up hints of espresso and vanilla with air. Deeply concentrated, mineral-tinged cassis, blueberry, violet pastille and bitter chocolate flavors become livelier and take on a smoky nuance as the wine stretches out. Broad and youthfully chewy in texture, showing firm tension, impressive floral-dominated persistence and dusty tannins that lend solid closing grip. All new French oak.

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RP97+ 97+ pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (8th Sep 2021)

The 2018 Soul Of A Lion is an incredible Cabernet Sauvignon, made exclusively from free-run juice, blended with 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot and aged 22 months in 100% new French oak. Opaque ruby-purple in color, the nose opens slowly, segueing from graphite and tobacco leaves, to violets and blue fruit preserves, to cinnamon, potpourri and dark spices. The palate is seamless and cashmere-like, with expansive, pure, mineral-laced fruits enlivened by a burst of freshness that highlights the perfectly ripe fruit character this vintage. The finish is very long, offering violet perfume and iron tones that linger in the mouth. This is a gorgeous wine that combines unique personality with expert craftsmanship. It drinks well now but has all it needs for a long life in the cellar.

WE96 96 pts. / Wine Enthusiast (10/1/2021)

A creamy black-cherry aroma is balanced by toasted herbs and roasted coffee bean on the nose of this impressive bottling. There’s a firm structure to the dense palate, and the flavors are expertly cohesive, combining herbs and savory meat with blueberry and blackberry.

JD95+ 95+ pts. / Jeb Dunnuck (9/30/2021)

Based largely on Cabernet Sauvignon blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2018 Soul Of A Lion offers a brilliant array of cassis, tobacco leaf, graphite, lead pencil, and earth. With full-bodied richness on the palate, it offers ripe tannins, a round, layered, yet still focused texture, and a great finish. Tight, compact, and focused, it’s going to benefit from 3–4 years of bottle age and drink brilliantly over the following 15–20 years. (Jeb Dunnuck)

JS95 95 pts. / JamesSuckling.com (Tuesday, October 5, 2021)

Aromas of blackberries and lavender follow through to a full body with tight, firm tannins that are long and linear. Lots of pretty fruit as well. Some pine-needle and forest-floor undertones. A cooler and more refined Daou. Drinkable now, but better in 2023.

VN95 95 pts. / Vinous (Jul 2022)

Dark purple. Intensely perfumed dark berry liqueur, exotic spice, incense, floral and licorice aromas show outstanding clarity and pick up hints of espresso and vanilla with air. Deeply concentrated, mineral-tinged cassis, blueberry, violet pastille and bitter chocolate flavors become livelier and take on a smoky nuance as the wine stretches out. Broad and youthfully chewy in texture, showing firm tension, impressive floral-dominated persistence and dusty tannins that lend solid closing grip. All new French oak.

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SKU 55982
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Daou Soul of a Lion
Country United States
Region California
District Paso Robles
Product Location - Location-Appellation Adelaida District
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14.7%
Brand Daou
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2018
Bin Location 0
Can it be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Primary Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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RP97+97+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2020
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon 29 Estate offers up intense notes of warm cassis, chocolate-covered cherries, blackberry preserves and wild blueberries with hints of smoked meats, cast iron pan, Indian spices and mossy tree bark in the undercurrent. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is taut and tightly wound, featuring muscular black fruits and a very firm, grainy texture, finishing long and mineral laced. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)
VN9797 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2021
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon 29 Estate is one of the most elegant wines I have tasted from Vineyard 29. Bright and beautifully delineated, with striking energy, the 29 Estate is so impressive. Rich dark blue-toned fruit, licorice, lavender and chocolate infuse the 2018 with layers of nuance that continue to unfold over time. This is such a gorgeous wine. (Antonio Galloni)
JD96+96+ pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 1/27/2021
The gorgeous 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon 29 Estate displays the quality of this vintage, revealing a deep purple/plum color as well as well complex notes of currants, cedar pencil, dried tobacco, chocolate, and leafy herbs. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and incredibly elegant on the palate, it builds nicely with time in the glass and has ripe, yet present tannins, wonderful overall balance, and a great finish. A classic, complete Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, it will benefit from 2–4 years of bottle age and keep for 15–20+. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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JD97+97+ pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 1/27/2021
Starting with the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville, this 100% Cabernet comes from the southern, cooler end of the valley and was brought up in a mix of new and used French oak. Its dense purple color is followed by a gorgeous perfume of cassis, candied violets, toasted spices, tobacco, and lead pencil-like nuances. These carry to a full-bodied, concentrated 2018 that offers flawless balance, building, ripe, seamless tannins, and a great finish. Very much in the more elegant, streamlined style of the vintage, it will benefit from 4–5 years of bottle age and evolve for 20–30 years or more. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville, shows why Coombsville is so magical. Deep and inky, but with striking gorgeous freshness, the Coombsville Cabernet is dazzling. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, sweet spice and licorice infuse the 2018 with fabulous depth as well as complexity. Even with all of its natural exuberance, the 2018 remains light on its feet. The 2018 has really blossomed over the last year, as I thought it would. This is a fabulous showing.
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WE9595 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 7/1/2021
Blended with 13% Merlot and smaller amounts of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, this is a focused and youthfully grippy wine, showing a fervor of succulent red- and black-currant and licorice. Thick, rich and intensely structured, it possesses a mineral-like earthiness of crushed rock and enduring structure.
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JD9292 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 1/27/2021
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