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2012 Daou Soul of a Lion

Light capsule condition issue; base neck fill; light label condition issue

ITEM 8103646 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

Bidder Amount Total
$120
Item Sold Amount Date
I8118978 1 $115 Feb 20, 2022
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RATINGS

96The Wine Advocate

...aromas of dark chocolate, sweet black fruits, burning embers and walnuts. On the palate, it's full-bodied, rich and layered, with an authoritative chassis of fine-grained tannins and a long, savory finish.

92Wine Spectator

Offers a massive core of earth, cedar and dried berry flavors, shaded by roasted herb and smoky, toasty oak nuances, with notes of chocolate brownie and graphite.

90Vinous / IWC

Pungent, smoke-tinged scents of blackcurrant, licorice, tobacco and dark chocolate. Supple and pliant, offering brooding dark berry and cherry compote flavors and a touch of cracked pepper.

PRODUCER

Daou

Daou is owned and operated by the brothers Georges and Daniel Daou. The men are engineers who had founded technology companies before starting a winery focused on producing Bordeaux-style wines. Natives of Lebanon, the Daou family fled the war-torn country when the brothers were young, settling for a while in the south of France, where the brothers first became interested in winemaking. Their Paso Robles estate produces red and white wines. The wines earn ratings in the mid- to high 90s. Wine Advocate has written that “along with l'Aventure and Booker, (the Daou brothers) make the finest Bordeaux blends from Paso Robles...”

REGION

United States, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles

Paso Robles AVA is midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and it is considered one of the West Coast’s most exciting winemaking regions. With its hot, sometimes searingly dry and sunny weather, it is especially good country for growing warm climate grapes such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Because many Paso Robles wineries have been successful with blending these grapes into Rhone Valley-style wines, it is known as the Rhone zone of California. The AVA was created in 1983 and there are 32,000 vineyard acres. In late 2014 the AVA was divided into 11 smaller sub-appellations, so starting with 2015 vintages labeling will become more specific on Paso Robles wines, which will now also list sub-appellations. Located in San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles, the town and its surrounding area, was traditionally a farming and ranching region. But from a few dozen wineries in the early 1990s to more than 200 today, the area is quickly becoming known for wine and risk-taking winemakers.