Named in tribute of their father, Georges and Daniel Daou, the 2020 Soul of a Lion stands as the pinnacle of DAOU Mountain's terroir, embodying the winery's unwavering commitment to crafting unparalleled Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine entices with a captivating profusion of aromas, including black cherry, mulberry, and Oregon blackberry, harmoniously complemented by nuances of leather, cigar box, and dark chocolate. Subtle hints of desert sage and creme de menthe add complexity to the rich fruit bouquet. On the palate, Soul of a Lion unfolds as a silky and voluptuous experience, revealing layers of currant, cassis, black raspberry, and ripe cherry. Fig and baking spice notes intertwine with earthy undertones of dates and truffle, creating a tapestry of flavors. Mature, ripe tannins contribute to a weighty and velvety texture, seamlessly integrated with a distinctive limestone minerality and nuanced oak. The wine's enduring finish leaves an indelible imprint of blackberry, plum, and espresso, with a subtle touch of white pepper. Soul of a Lion is a vinous masterpiece of profound staying power, destined to evolve gracefully for many years to come.
Robert Parker - 95 Points
"The 2020 Soul Of A Lion, made from free-run juice, is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot matured for 22 months in 100% new French oak. It has a deep ruby color and pure aromas of blackcurrants, tobacco, truffle and thyme with touches of leather and graphite. The full-bodied palate has a pleasantly rustic texture and savory character, finishing with tobacco accents. Drink it over the next 3-5 years."
Antonio Galloni - 96 Points
"The 2020 Soul of a Lion Estate is a deep, dark, nearly impenetrable ruby color. It has a beguiling bouquet that blends spicy dried flowers, cardamon and red currants. Sweet smoke hints add lift. This flows like pure silk without a single edge in sight. Guided by juicy acidity, textural waves of wild berry fruits soothe the palate. For all of its power and depth, the 2020 finishes remarkably fresh. It’s tannic, yet they are sweet and perfectly formed in a harmonious concentration that tugs at the senses yet never tires them out. The cellaring potential here is off the charts."