2012 DAOU ESTATE MAYOTE

2012 DAOU ESTATE MAYOTE
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Red Blend
Appellation
Paso Robles
Harvest Date
September 1 to October 7
Aging
22 months in 100% new French oak
Bottling Date
July 2014
Alcohol %
14.7
Robert Parker
92
Connoisseurs' Guide
95
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Aromas of black currants and crushed blueberries invite you to explore the complexity and depth of this alluring wine. Black plums and blackberries greet your palate as a revue of flavors follow: peppercorns, cedar box, tobacco leaves, ash, licorice, and spice all make their debut and linger just long enough for you to know they were there. Bright acidity and firm, open tannins combine to create a seamless texture that balances intense fruit with DAOU Mountain structure.
Ratings
95 - There is no question but that Syrah and Cabernet can, in the right mix, have a real affinity for one and other, but rarely have they been as so very agreeably well-married as they are in this beautifully crafted, extraordinarily deep wine. Running the gamut from blackberries to cassis with elements of sweet oak, cocoa, minerals and dried violets in wonderfully layered support, it exhibits a sense of seriousness and breeding that cannot be missed. It is big, it is young, and it is fairly astringent, but its many important pieces shine though its ample structural tannins, and its careful composition is never in doubt. Find a quiet place for it in the cellar, and by all means let it rest for at least another six to ten years. Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
Production Notes
The 2012 vintage rewarded us with a large and healthy crop. We dropped fruit four times throughout the growing season to balance the vines and concentrate flavors in the berries. The first heat wave in August caused sugars to progress quickly and required us to water for the first time that year. On August 24th, moderate temperatures, with daytime highs in the 80’s and mildly cool nights, slowed sugar development and allowed tannins to develop nicely. Harvest lasted from September 1st to October 7th. The 2012 vintage allowed us to make beautifully robust wines concentrated in color and with plenty of structure. Allow these wines some time to age to unlock their true potential.
Other Notes
45% Syrah, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot
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