Mission Codename El Padre
When only the best will do here’s your pick: A triple 98-POINT, cult-crushing, first growth stomping APEX PREDATOR Cabernet. A near impossible to find, waiting list allocation only gem, at a price you won’t find anywhere else, today, tomorrow, or…maybe ever.
C.Y.B.E.R. M.O.N.D.A.Y. I.S. H.E.R.E.
Before we start gushing about this wine, we need to make you aware of the insane Store takeover. There you’ll find a mad menagerie of the best of the best. Some in such small quantities, if you don’t head there now, you’ll surely miss them.
Now, turning out attention back to this stunner.
It’s been called “a sensational Cabernet Sauvignon that can stand up the best out there” . One that is “unbelievably ripe, pixelated frame and fantastic juiciness… this is stunning” and “as I’ve said in the past, these wines compete with the best of Napa Valley and are some of the leading Bordeaux blends from Paso Robles.” because “there’s no one else making Cabernet Sauvignon like this in Paso Robles!”
And those glowing quotes from the pros come before WE start our own blabber!
If you want the most lavish, over-the-top, hedonistic thrill-ride of a wine, this is the one. And if you want to pay WAY less than anyone else in the country, you’re in the right place. DAOU’s flagship Patrimony will deconstruct your ideas about the limits of winemaking around the globe, and then reassemble them into an altogether new reference point of understanding.
“It’s Official: Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon Rivals the World’s Best” wrote Wine Business Online in 2016: “DAOU’s 98 points is officially the highest score Paso Robles has ever received and represents the ongoing vision and hard work of the Paso Robles CAB Collective and its members.”
Few wines can leave us so utterly speechless and jumble our minds as this. It’s on another level, capable of taking WOTN against the likes of Opus, Phelps, To Kalon Reserve, Realm, and just about any other cult pick you can muster up. This all makes sense when you realize the level of fanaticism behind this wine. Sourced from DAOU Mountain in the Adelaida district of Paso, where the limestone soils yield something magical. It receives only the best treatment - optical sorting, free-run juice fermented on native yeasts and raised in 100% new French oak of the rarest (and most expensive) sort.
The oak program itself is something to behold. It includes a mixture of rare barrels. That includes those from their very own propriety cooperage house along with *“limited Tonnellerie Sylvain barrels made from 362-year-old fine-grain oak, originating from a forestry program initiated during the reign of Louis XIV; only 35 of these barrels were produced from two fallen oaks in the Futaie des Clos plot of the Bercé royal forest” kinda devilish details!
The sheer OMG factor when you take the first sip cannot be overstated - the pure Luxardo cherry, warm red Australian licorice, blueberry jam, espresso, vanilla, and crushed minerality mix with sensual floral characteristics and travel along a river of melted tannins. Every sip somehow brings a new revelation to your senses. The sheer density rivals what you’d find in the core of a collapsed giant star.
It’s the kind of wine you want to both share with everyone and hoard all to yourself. Sometimes you wonder, “is this wine worth it” and the answer here is an unequivocal YES.
Last year Forbes reported that “The highest-end offering, “Patrimony,” is available by wait list only, and sells upwards of $300, depending on vintage. Currently, that’s a three-year wait, but this is a wine that gets only better with time. Due to demand and limited production, according to the winery web site, nearly all of the wines are allocated to DAOU members.”
Yet little did they know what Wine Spies were cooking up for Cyber Monday.
We hoarded every bottle we could but with a growing coalition of thirsty collectors out there… was it enough??
98+ Points – Jeb Dunnuck
“The Patrimony releases from Daou are now released under their own Patrimony label. What can be considered the flagship of the estate, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a sensational Cabernet Sauvignon that can stand up the best out there. Incredibly pure notes of cassis, spice box, graphite, lead pencil shavings, and a terrific sense of minerality all flow from this pure Paso Robles beauty that shows the quality that can be achieved from these magical limestone soils. Full-bodied and powerful, yet seamless and balanced, enjoy bottles over the coming 15-20 years or more. Drink 2019-2034.”
98 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Patrimony is made by Daniel Daou, although it is a separate label. It’s made from fruit that grows in front of the Daou family home and represents a selection of the very best barrels. The 2016 Patrimony is made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged 30 months in 100% new French oak. It has a deep purple-black color and explosive, unbelievably layered nose of lilacs, violets, vanilla, espresso, rooibos tea leaves, underbrush and cinnamon stick aromas mingling over a core of blueberry compote, blackberry pie, black cherry preserves and pure blackcurrant fruit with an undercurrent of iron and graphite. The medium to full-bodied palate gives up stunningly explosive flavor layers. It has an unbelievably ripe, pixelated frame and fantastic juiciness, finishing very long, lifted and layered. This is stunning… There’s no one else making Cabernet Sauvignon like this in Paso Robles. Drink 2022-2047.”
98 Points – The Tasting Panel
“Grainy tannins take hold as the dense liquid saturates the palate with pencil shavings, cocoa powder, and roasted coffee. Licorice coats the tongue as would a fine Sambuca, making for an unctuous and hedonistic experience. A profusion of blackberry preserves and a hint of coconut surface, connecting to the wine’s inner brawn before sweetening and mollifying themselves on the exquisite finish.”
What the Winery Says
2016 'Patrimony' Adelaida District Cabernet Sauvignon
- Daniel Daou
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Adelaida District, Paso Robles, Central Coast
- DAOU Estate
- 337, 338, 412
- Harvest dates
- September 15-18, 19, 2016
- 30 months
- DAOU proprietary barrels, Taransaud T5, Sylvain Collection, Berger, Seguin Morreau
- 100% new French oak