2014 Daou Vineyards Pessimist Red Blend

Year: 2014
Appellation: Paso Robles
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.2%
Price :
$17.95
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53% Syrah 27% Zinfandel 16% Petite Sirah 3% Tannat 1% Grenache

"The 2014 Pessimist is a ripe, sexy effort that's loaded with sweet fruit, licorice, chocolate and hints of oak in its full-bodied, layered personality. Made from a mix of Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Tannat and Grenache aged in 50% new French oak, it won't appeal to traditionalists, yet it's a seriously delicious, mouthful of a wine to drink over the coming couple of years.

This was a massive tasting with brothers Daniel and Georges Daou, who have a large estate located high up off of Adelaida Road. While they release a terrific Syrah blend, their focus is on Bordeaux varieties, and along with l'Aventure and Booker, they make the finest Bordeaux blends from Paso Robles. To give some perspective on how good these wines are, I did a blind tasting of top 2012s and 2013s from Napa with three wines from Daou, their Patrimony, Soul of a Lion and Estate Cabernet. I’m thrilled to report that all three Daou wines showed beautifully. My scores/ranking from the blind tasting were 2012 Hundred Acres (100 points), 2013 Scarecrow (99 points), 2013 Daou Patrimony (98 points), 2012 Schrader CCS (98 points), 2013 Daou Soul Of A Lion (96 points), 2012 Dominus (95+ points), 2012 Schrader RBS (95+ points), 2012 Chappellet Pritchard Hill (95+ points), 2013 Daou Estate Cabernet (93 points). In short, these are beautiful wines that readers shouldn’t miss." (WA)

Winery Notes:
The 2014 pessimist is a very dark wine that offers gorgeous crème de cassis, black cherry, boysenberries, and toasted vanilla beans accompanied with sweet tannins and purity of fruit. Firm, yet elegant tannins balance the powerhouse of fruit and lead to a strong, lasting finish of black pepper, pipe tobacco, and spicy oak.