DAOU's 2019 Soul of a Lion is an exceptional vintage that embodies the sheer power and elegance of Bordeaux varieties thriving in the unique terroir of DAOU Mountain. From the first pour, this wine captivates with an explosion of aromas and flavors that envelop the senses. A harmonious blend of blackberry, blueberry, black currant, dark cherry, sweet tobacco, and licorice delights the nose, while an additional floral dimension adds a touch of integrated elegance and freshness. On the palate, it reveals its full-bodied nature with ultra-high phenolic levels, yet astonishingly maintains a sense of balance and poise that carries through to an extraordinarily long finish. This wine's structure and power are undeniable, and its true magnitude will fully unfold with several years of careful cellaring. In the glass, it displays a deep and inviting color that hints at its depth and concentration. DAOU 2019 Soul of a Lion is a true masterpiece that exemplifies the vineyard's commitment to crafting wines of remarkable character and complexity.
Robert Parker - 97+ Points
"The 2019 Soul Of A Lion is a blend of free-run Cabernet Sauvignon (77%), Cabernet Franc (14%), and Petit Verdot (9%), aged 22 months in 100% new French oak. Opaque ruby in color, it offers aromatic contrast between dark, savory cherry fruit, chargrill and graphite, and top notes of green pepper and rose petals. The palate explodes with detailed flavors and its tannins are already resolved and chocolaty, with seamless acidity and exotic spicy layers emerging on the extended finish. Wow!"
Antonio Galloni - 96 Points
"Inky magenta. Primary, mineral-accented cassis, cherry pit, licorice, roasted coffee and incense aromas reveal oak spice and pipe tobacco flourishes. Shows superb clarity and spicy thrust on the palate, offering sweet black and blue fruit, exotic spice, vanilla and candied rose flavors that deftly blend weight and energy. Youthfully gripping tannins frame a wonderfully long, smoky finish that leaves cherry liqueur and vanilla notes behind. 100% new French oak."