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Daou Reserve Seventeen Forty 2012 (Paso Robles, California) - [RP 94] [WE 92]
Daou Reserve Seventeen Forty 2012 (Paso Robles, California) - [RP 94] [WE 92]


 
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Winery: Daou
Varietal: 70% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot
Region: Paso Robles, California
Vintage: 2012
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: DAOUSEVENTEENFORTY12-W
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Notes from the Winemaker:

This Cabernet Franc based wine is a truly unique Paso Robles wine. The rich, ripe black currants and lavender on the nose showcase the true potential of this grape when grown in a warm climate. When tasted, the layers of complexity reveal how special this wine is. The secondary aromas of mulberry, minerality, and steeped spices combine well with the primary aromas of crushed blackberries, shaved chocolate, and tobacco leaves. The oak program on this wine helps the taster discover the harmony between ripe Cabernet Franc and French oak. All of these characteristics combine with a lively acidity that keeps the wine in balance.

Vintage:
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 80s 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.

Varietals: 70% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot
Barrel Aging: 16 months in 70% new French oak
ABV: 14.5%


Ratings & Reviews
94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The brilliant 2012 Seventeen Forty Reserve is 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot. Exhibiting high class aromas of blackcurrants, coffee bean, crushed flowers and hints of chocolate, it flows onto the palate with full-bodied richness, building tannin and a terrific finish. In addition to all of its fruit and texture, this beauty stays lively, fresh and elegant, and shows the quality these Bordeaux blends can hit here in Paso Robles." - Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2014)

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"The Daou brothers’ considerable and continual investments is evidence that their wines will matter for years, ensuring a wise investment today. This 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot offers aromas of blueberry and cedar. Once sipped, the tannins grab with strength before dissipating smoothly. It’s a seamless combo of spice, fruit, wood and herbs, but will evolve through at least 2025." - Matt Kettmann (12/31/2014)

Antonio Galloni:
"Sweet floral notes meld into mocha, black cherries, leather and smoke jump from the glass in the 2012 1740, a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. This mid-weight offering shows good depth and nuance, with plenty of the trademark raciness that is the signature of the Daou wines." - Antonio Galloni (June 2014)

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2011 Vintage):
"Even more impressive is the 2011 Seventeen Forty Reserve. A blend of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot that spent 16 months in 70% new French oak, it possesses complex notes of tobacco leaf, black currants, lead pencil shavings and crushed flowers to go with a voluptuously textured, rich, yet focused and structured palate. The purity and balance here are impressive and this beauty will continue to shine through 2021. Drink now-2021." -Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2013)

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (2011 Vintage):
"This is an unusual blend of 70% Cabernet Franc and 30% Merlot. It’s full-bodied and rich in black cherries, currants, cola, sugared coffee and cedar, with a long, spicy finish that lasts the better part of a minute. It’s also tannic, and while the official alcohol reading is 14.2% by volume, feels hotter than than that. Delicious and refined, but it’s hard to see it developing in the bottle, so drink over the next few years." -S.H. (12/1/2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2011 Vintage):
"(made from 70% cabernet franc and 30% merlot): Glass-staining ruby. Smoky, oak-spiced dark berries and cherry on the nose. Warm, palate-coating blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors pick up a vanilla accent with air, along with notes of black cardamom and mocha. Closes on a smoky note, with lingering oak spice and cherry pit qualities." -Josh Raynolds (Nov/Dec 13)

Wine Spectator Magazine (2011 Vintage):
"Young and rustic, with rough-hewn notes of chewy dark berry, cedar, black licorice and mineral. Fans out and coats the palate, ending with chewy tannins. Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Drink now through 2022. 1,200 cases made." -JL (Nov 15, 2013)


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