"STOP THE PRESSES!"
Oh wait, I don't use a press, I'm online. Okay, so "Stop the Internet!" Not sure that's possible either, but for the first time in my wine blog I am preempting a "Wine of the Week" that was scheduled to go out today due to a wine and event that I couldn't wait to tell you all about. Also for the first time, I am reviewing 2 wines from the same winery back to back.
This must be something special you must be telling yourself. At least that's what I told myself, "this was something special."
Let's set the stage. First, last weeks "WOW" (Wine of the Week), Daou 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, was purely by chance as I had seen the wine and decided it to be a good wine to talk about. Then, out of the blue, a favorite wine bar of mine, Sixty Four Wine Bar, announced they were having a tasting with wines from Daou Vineyards. What a coincidence! They had a nice lineup of their wines ranging from their Chardonnay, Cabernet, Reserve Cabernet and their blend, The Pessimist.
I'm not a stranger to Daou as I had a couple of their wines at the wine shop of past. I always enjoyed their 1740. That's their wine made from primarily Cab Franc. That's my new wine of the future to start turning heads as I mentioned in my post "Gone But Not Forgotten." So I knew that I was going to be trying some great wines from Paso Robles.
Having arrived a little early, I took some time to enjoy a glass from Sixty Four's Wine Stations. I'm a sucker for Sauvignon Blanc as you should know if you've been reading my blog, so a nice little Sancerre was just what I needed. A little calamari to tied me over and at 6 when the tasting started, I was all set to partake.
As usual, they had the winery rep there pouring and talking about their wines. Paula, the winery rep, was ready to start pouring and telling all of us there about each wine. Glass in hand, I could tell Paula loved her job. Smiles and her friendly demeanor made the event just that much more enjoyable. BUT WAIT! It gets better.
We talked for a bit and when I told her that I was a wine blogger she really started to make things interesting for me. It started with an offer to provide me with a bottle of The Pessimist that she was pouring so I could blog about the wine. What a great offer, but I (and this might be a little dense on my part) told her while I appreciated her offer, I could do my blog with just the tasting that she was providing. Then, and because I know of their wines, I joked that I wouldn't turn down a bottle of their Premier bottling, their "Soul of a Lion."
WAIT FOR IT! The next thing I see is her opening a bottle of wine. I'm thinking it's just another bottle for the tasting. NOPE! It was a bottle of the
2014 Daou Soul of a Lion
After telling her she now has a new friend for life, I did my SSSS (do I need to remind anyone what that is?) and proceeded to savor the wine that was now glistening in my glass. It was at that point I decided to, as I said at the beginning "Stop the Presses." This wine needed to not only be highlighted but downright glorified in my blog. No surprise that Wine Advocate rated this wine 95 Points, and I'd concur with that 100% (is that anything like Sex Panther cologne from The Anchorman? 60% of the time it works 100% of the time?) Anyway, this blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cab Franc and 3% Petit Verdot and after spending 22 months in 100% French Oak, created this age-worthy and spectacular wine.
So my original "WOW" was preempted in order to bring you this wine. The wine showing a dark fruit richness with subtle but nice tannins and a spiciness that followed through on the long finish. What I feel compelled to remind you is that this ISN'T a wine from Napa Valley. We're talking Paso Robles here. Most wine folk, or at least some of them, don't consider Paso for serious wines. THAT'S ALL CHANGING!
Of course, with high-end wines comes prices that reflect that quality as well. While available, I only found it at one or two places and around $120.00 per bottle, give or take. Not inexpensive, but in my mind, well worth the price.
While there have been a couple other high-end ultra-premium wines from the region, I think that you will be seeing a lot more wines of quality from this area just North of Santa Barbara. So stay tuned and look for more wines in my Wine of the Week.