DAOU Vineyards 2017 Pessimist Red Blend
64% Petite Sirah, 23% Syrah, 10% Zinfandel, 2% Lagrein, 1% Tannat | Alc: 15.5%
Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
DAOU Vineyards 2017 Pessimist Red Blend has a powerful and intensely aromatic nose that ascends to greet you with blueberry, boysenberry and black plum fragrance. Evolving layers reveal elderberry and truffle, with cocoa and cardamom spice accents, further augmented by hints of eucalyptus, leather, cherry pipe tobacco and grilled meats. The finish is smooth and leisurely. Essences of pure dark berry fruit seemingly refuse to abate with a gorgeous fitting finale.
“A value-priced Rhône blend that usually contains some Zinfandel and Petite Syrah, the 2017 Pessimist offers up rich aromas of dark fruit, grilled meat, licorice and black olive. It’s full-bodied, rich and spicy, with good balance and an intense, flavorful finish.” 90-92 Pts – The Wine Advocate
“This blend of primarily Petite Sirah, Syrah and Zinfandel starts with rich, lush aromas of black cherry, vanilla cream and caramel, with a hint of earth. Framed by solid tannins and bright acidity, the palate runs through similar fruit and spice flavors with plenty of power.” 92 Pts – Wine Enthusiast | Editors’ Choice
“Moving to the 2017s, the already bottled 2017 Pessimist is a lot of wine for not much buck. This full-bodied, fleshy, sexy wine gives up lots of black fruits, chocolate, spice, and subtle vanilla notes and certainly put a smile on my face. It’s a pleasure bent, undeniably hedonistic wine to drink over the coming couple of years.” 90 Pts – Jeb Dunnuck
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