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2013 Daou Mayote

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased at retail

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

94Wine Enthusiast

Smoked beef & pork with hints of flint, licorice & black currant... 45% Syrah, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon & 12% Petit Verdot... soft upon entry... robust tannins as it opens, offering black peppercorn, teriyaki and lavish black cherry flavors.

93The Wine Advocate

...a serious, structured wine that has plenty of blackberry, smoked meats and peppery herbs as well as full-bodied richness, a great mid-palate and plenty of length. Give bottles a year or two and enjoy over the following decade.

93Vinous / IWC

A heady, smoke-tinged bouquet displays scents of ripe blue fruits, cola vanilla & a pipe tobacco note gains power as the wine opens... Fleshy and broad but energetic, offering sweet, deeply concentrated black currant & blueberry liqueur...

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.