WINE REVIEW: 2014 DAOU Cabernet Franc, 'Estate Grown', Adelaida District, Paso Robles, CA ($95)
by Andrew Chalk
This impressive wine excels in all the categories. The appearance is deep ruby with hints of violet. The color intensity is totally opaque. The nose is powerful and complex. in with green pepper, a property of this grape, is kept under control. On the palate, the flavors are intense and complex. Chewy tannins deliver the flavors in waves rather than a continuum. A long, earthy finish is worth savoring. Taken as a whole, this wine invites comparison with some of the best warm vintage, Cabernet Franc-centric wines from St. Emilion. Also, this wine places Daou in the pantheon of Cabernet Franc producers in the U.S.