Wine of Interest: 2010 Daou Reserve Zinfandel

"Writers about wine should, at least on occasion, be troublesome, irritating and critical.” ~ Andrew Jefford

Now I normally have a wine of the week, but seeing this wine really didn't quite fit into my typical headline as the "Wine of the Week," I decided to go with a new title, "Wine of Interest." While the Zinfandel in today's spotlight is an excellent bottle, one which I can highly recommend to you. It, unfortunately, can't make the cut as my wine of the week, because the quality to price ratio is beyond the pale of what I consider reasonable [IMHO]. That said, if you found this bottle in 'distribution,' the retail price may actually be a bit more palatable. 

Now about the wine; 100% free-run juice, no press juice anywhere in sight, so that may explain part of the higher cost. Some subtle, but decidedly spicy undertones put its mark on their 2010 vintage. On the plate, a vibrant display of acidity enhances the play of the usual suspects.

Big briary raspberry and blackberry varietal expression await the thirsty vino-sapiens. So do you like it lush? If so this wine will not disappoint, a velvety mouthfeel interwoven with fine, integrated tannins which rush to greet each sip, slurp and even a long gulp if you feel so inclined. Additionally, you’ll find this wine full-bodied; it has a juicy mid-palate and is shot through with elegant "balance." While this wine is bit more coin than I'm used to paying for Zinfandel from Paso Robles, it did give a stellar performance at every angle, I gave this little stunner, 91 points.

This 'relatively' new winery is located in beautiful Paso Robles, found high atop one of the areas highest points, offers views from the outside tasting area which are in a word spectacular. If you have the urge to hit the road and do some wine tasting this coming weekend, then this destination is one that's well worth the drive to the top. It will be especially gorgeous at this time of year, vine-covered hills full of fruit, sitting among a green canopy that stretches for what seems like miles. Until next time folks, remember it's the weekend, so sit back and enjoy and never forget to sip long and prosper cheers!


Kristy Kelley said…
I like it lush! Thanks for the recommendation, I like to splurge every now and then.

-- Kristy @ Wine Logic
Its very interesting post to read as i like the way you written your post ...overall its good post keep it up
Will Eyer said…
Hey @TheWineWrangler

Thanks so much for your insightful and dare I say well written comments, you keep it up too!
Will Eyer said…
Hi Kristy,

Well if you like it "lush" this wine is definitely for you, one that I'd definitely call a splurge wine.


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