2022 Daou Vineyards 'Pessimist' Red Paso Robles

  • "As Sexy & Gulpable as They Come" ~93 WE
  • "This Will be a Crowd-Pleaser" ~ WA
  • Cult Status Winery in Paso Robles
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About the Wine

The strength and courage of a lion. That’s how the owners of Paso Robles’ Daou Vineyards describe their patriarch Joseph Daou. Joseph gave his sons Georges and Daniel his blessing to start a winery on Daou Mountain, and this wine is their tribute to their father. 

Before starting Daou Vineyards, Daniel made wine in his garage from his 1-acre vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon. He had a goal—to produce the world’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon. But for that, a garage-made wine wouldn’t do, but vineyards in the finest terroir of Paso Robles would do. Daou Mountain is a combination of remarkable geology, microclimate, a 2,200-foot elevation, and steep slopes resulting in a terroir described as “a jewel of ecological elements.”

As stewards of this beautiful terroir, DAOU’s goal is to make unique fine wines that honestly and accurately reflect the potential of the estate and to craft Bordeaux-style wines that combine Old World tradition with New World techniques.

With this wine, it’s clear they’ve achieved that goal. 

Aging: 10 months in 50% new French oak

Tasting Notes: 62% Petite Sirah, 18% Zinfandel, 17% Syrah, 3% Lagrein. Intense aromas of blueberry, cherry, plum and strawberry with undercurrents of lavender and kirsch. The nose evolves with layers of warm leather, truffle, pipe tobacco, black pepper and allspice. Rich and weighty on the palate, this wine delivers a no-holds-barred generosity of bold fruit, blackberry, cassis and plum, underlain by notes of rhubarb, pomegranate and damp forest floor. Subtle hints of black olives, mushroom and tamarind spice concisely complement the balanced and well-rounded flavor profile. A persistent, elegant finish lingers with red cherry and cranberry tones highlighted by hints of dark chocolate.


Always a Petite Sirah-dominated wine, the Pessimist sports an inky purple color as well as a great, full-bodied style carrying wonderful blue fruits, spring flowers, spice, and vanilla aromas and flavors. It's textured, has ripe tannins, loads of fruit, and is about as sexy and gulpable as they come. ~93 Wine Enthusiast

The 2021 Pessimist is a blend of 75% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah, 11% Zinfandel, 2% Lagrein and 2% Malbec matured for 10 months in 60% new French oak. It has an opaque ruby-purple color and lush scents of cassis, blueberry jam, violet, lavender and hints of powdered sugar. The full-bodied palate is supple and fresh with gently candied fruits and a satisfying finish. This will be a crowd-pleaser. ~92 Wine Advocate

A wildly fresh bouquet of violets, lavender, cooling smoke and sugar-dusted blueberries wafts up as the 2021 Pessimist by DAOU unfolds in the glass. It's soft-textured yet energetic in style. Candied citrus hints accentuate cooling mineral tones and crisp wild berry fruits. The 2021 finishes with impressive length yet lightly structured. Violette Pastille and crunchy mineral tones slowly fade. ~90 Vinous 

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