Thursday, January 14, 2016

Weekly Wine Review - California Red - 2013 Daou Reserve Zinfandel

Next time you're in Paso Robles California, take a trip up to the top of Hidden Mountain Road (don't worry, it's not that hidden) to Daou Vineyards.  Great view, great wine, great food pairings. We have been wine club members for years, and always enjoy our visits.
Today, let's try a taste of Daou's 2013 Reserve Zinfandel. If we close our eyes, we can pretend we are there right now... happy and sipping! Confession... I meant to grab the 2012, but accidentally grabbed the 2013 which I just received from my wine club shipment.... damn!!!
Wine: 2013 Daou Reserve Zinfandel


Region: Paso Robles, California
Grape Varieties: Zinfandel

Obtained from: Purchased at Winery
Price: $48
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.
Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Clear, dark purple.
Aroma: Dark fruit, red fruit, and baking spices.
Taste: A good amount of fruit, not as tannic as I expected from such a young wine..., but definitely full bodied with a reasonably long, pleasant finish.

The Grade: I give this one a B.  I can't wait to try this one again in a couple of years to see how it develops.  With 2013 being a drought year, low grape yields led to a fairly concentrated wine, which may develop additional complexity with time.  Stay tuned here in a couple of years... we'll try another bottle and see! Cheers!

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