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2008 DAOU US Red Blend "Celestus"

Daou 2008 Celestus

Winery: DAOU

Vintage: 2008

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Celestus"

Wine Category: US Red Blend

Grape blend: 58% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, & 7% Petit Verdot

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Paso Robles

State or country: CA

Price: $42

Cases produced: 682

KWG Score: 90 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: December 14, 2010

Wine Review: This opaque colored red blend was from a new producer for me. It was a nice very nice first impression. It opens with a fragrant black raspberry and red currant bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty black cherry with notes of plum and blueberry. There was also a touch of menthol and black pepper detected as well. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are sticky. This wine would pair well with a big rack of barbecue ribs. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2008 DAOU Celestus opens with lush aromas of dark fruits, licorice and lead pencil that lead to an integrated and satiny mid palate accentuated by the French oak. The predominant Syrah imparts it with flavors of "garrigue" - with hints of lavender, sage, wild thyme and dark cherry. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot add structure and power to the wine leading to an elegant and long finish that that just keeps getting better as the wine opens up in the glass.

Organic status: not organic

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