95pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a barrel sample blended of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Petit Verdot, expected to age 20 months in 50% new French oak. It has a very deep purple-black color and is still very youthful on the nose, offering boisterous aromas of molten chocolate, licorice, blackberry pie, jamon di iberico, marionberry, cedar and sweet oak spices with a mineral streak and a whiff of blackcurrant bud. The palate is medium to full-bodied and silky smooth, with luscious fruits well-tamed by mineral and savory notions. It has very finely grained tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing very long and nuanced.
92pts Jeb Dunnuck
Not yet bottled, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Petite Verdot that will also spend 20 months in 50% new oak. Blueberries, blackberries, tobacco leaf, and spicy notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, fresh, lively effort that shines for its terrific purity and balance.
The 2018 DAOU Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a shining example of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. This wine’s magnificent nose is quintessential Cabernet Sauvignon, offering scents of dark chocolate, licorice, blackberries and cured meats with a touch of cedar. The palate delivers an explosion of fresh, dark berry fruits. Flavors of blackberry, juicy black cherry, cassis and cocoa are underscored by lovely accents of blueberry and raspberry.
A silky palate is nicely integrated with hints of toasty oak, graphite, mineral and forest floor. Ripe fruits and exotic spices linger on a generous, full-bodied finish that promises excellent age-worthiness.