2017 Patrimony

Rating: 96-100

"A wine that might just be the greatest pure Cabernet Sauvignon to come from the Paso Robles, ever, the 2017 Patrimony sports a saturated purple color as well as awesome black and blue fruits, notes of crushed violets, graphite, and a damp earth/rocky minerality that develops with time in the glass. Full-bodied, with a gorgeous core of sweet fruit, it stays balanced, elegant, and seamless on the palate, and despite its obvious size and richness, it’s beautifully balanced, has no hard edges, and stays pure, precise, and long. It’s a sensational barrel sample that’s going to flirt with perfection."

reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Jeb Dunnuck's Wine Magazine

-Jeb Dunnuck, Jeb Dunnuck's Wine Magazine

 

2017 Patrimony

Rating: 96-98+

"The 2017 Patrimony is stunning—may well flirt with perfection when it's bottled in over two years' time. The wine bursts from the glass with a beautifully pure bouquet of black plums, cherries and cassis, complemented by notes of candied violets, walnuts and dark chocolate. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ineffably complete and multidimensional, with bottomless depth at the core, its rich structuring tannins entirely cloaked in bright, succulent fruit. Lavish on the attack, the mid-palate and finish are tense and focused. This is a fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles."

reviewed by  William Kelley, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

- William Kelley, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

 

2016 Patrimony

Rating: 96-99

"Last of the 2016s, the flagship 2016 Patrimony is always a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon brought up in new barrels, where it’s still resting, not schedule to be bottled until next March. This is a massive barrel sample by any measure and offers up a huge nose of crème de cassis, tobacco leaf, graphite, and chocolate. Despite it’s size, it stays graceful and balanced on the palate and carries thrilling amounts of fruit, remarkable purity, and terrific underlying structure and depth. It’s the real deal and is going to be another sensational Cabernet Sauvignon from this estate."

reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Jeb Dunnuck's Wine Magazine

-Jeb Dunnuck, Jeb Dunnuck's Wine Magazine

 

2016 Patrimony

Rating: 96-98

"The 2016 Patrimony will spend another 11 months in barrel, but its quality is already apparent. The wine wafts from the glass with notes of smoky cassis, plums, truffles and espresso roast, followed by a full-bodied, richly layered palate that seems to be even more powerful, complete, textural and fine-grained than the 2015. As ever, the levels of concentration and phenolic extract are imposing, but the finish is beautifully defined and savory."

reviewed by  William Kelley, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

- William Kelley, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

 

2015 Patrimony

Rating: 97+

"Bottled in March of this year, the 2015 Patrimony (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) will be held in bottle for a year prior to release. It’s another sensational wine that has awesome notes of crème de cassis, graphite, tobacco leaf, and graphite. It too is deep, full-bodied, and incredibly concentrated, as well as structured, and will need short-term cellaring. It will give any Cult Cali Cab out there a run for its money."

reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Jeb Dunnuck's Wine Magazine

-Jeb Dunnuck, Jeb Dunnuck's Wine Magazine

 

2015 Patrimony

Rating 97

"The Daou brothers are intent on making this brand the most expensive and luxurious in Paso Robles. This vintage begins with intense aromas of roasted blackberry, tangy black-plum skin and crushed peppercorn. The palate is expertly layered in flavors of cassis, caramel, gravel, loam, cocoa and a hint of licorice. The tannins are firm but already approachable."

reviewed by Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

-Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

 

2015 Patrimony

Rating: 96

"(aged in new French oak for 30 months) Youthful purple. A sexy, highly perfumed bouquet evokes spice-accented dark berry liqueur, cherry cola, cured tobacco, cedary oak and vanilla, along with smoke and incense topnotes. Sappy, broad, alluringly sweet cassis, cherry liqueur, vanilla and floral pastille flavors show outstanding depth as well as energy, and a suave spicecake nuance emerges on the back half. The spice and floral notes resonate on an extremely long, seamless finish that features velvety tannins and sappy dark fruit character."

reviewed by Josh Raynolds, Vinous

-Josh Raynolds, Vinous

 

2015 Patrimony

Rating: 96

"The 2015 Patrimony (which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon as usual) is remarkable, revealing a deep and complex bouquet of blackberries, cassis, ripe plums, licorice, orange rind and rich soil. On the palate, it's full-bodied, powerful and immensely concentrated, with a bottomless, multidimensional core, rich tannins and a fine-grained, chewy, savory finish. Based on the evolution of earlier vintages, the 2015 should be extremely long lived."

reviewed by William Kelley, Wine Advocate

-William Kelley, Wine Advocate

 

2014 Patrimony

Rating: 98

Coming from the top blocks of the estate (which is currently just two blocks), the 2014 Patrimony offers a fresh, gorgeously focused, concentrated style to go with classic crème de cassis, blackcurrants, graphite and scorched earth. Focused, pure and long, with fine tannin, it's a sensational wine that any doubters of Paso Robles Cabernet should taste! It's going to age beautifully.

reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Jeb Dunnuck's Wine Magazine

-Jeb Dunnuck, Jeb Dunnuck's Wine Magazine

 

2014 Patrimony

Rating: 97

Deep purple-black in color, the 2014 Patrimony (100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 30 months in 100% new French oak) delivers intense black currants and plum preserves scents with underlying crushed mulberries, black cherries and blackberries plus hints of cedar, violets and vibrant spice/herb/earth accents. The palate is big, full-bodied, rich and packed with flavor layers, framed by firm grainy tannins and a lively acid line, finishing long and savory. 200 cases were made.

reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

-Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

 

2014 Patrimony

Rating: 95

An ultrarich, deep and profound effort, packed with tiers of blackberry, currant and licorice flavors, jazzy, mocha-scented oak and a long, detailed finish. For all the weight and size, this comes across as elegant and polished. Drink now through 2036.

reviewed by James Laube, Wine Spectator

-James Laube, Wine Spectator

 

2014 Patrimony

Rating 96

"Deep, dark and still very tightly wound three years after harvest, this second vintage of the Daou brothers' top-tier effort continues their march toward phenolic perfection. Aromas of black currant, elderberry jam, crushed black rocks, loamy soil and light purple flowers lead into a plush palate that's very dry, extremely textural and well balanced. Flavors of black plum, dark berries and dark chocolate ride sticky tannins that will smooth with patience. Drink 2019–2034."

reviewed by Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

-Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

 

2014 Patrimony

Rating: 95

"(100% new French oak): Deep, lurid ruby. A highly perfumed, complex bouquet evokes smoke-accented cherry preserve, cassis, vanilla, pipe tobacco, espresso aromas and a smoky Indian spice overtone. Sweet, concentrated and lively on the palate, offering concentrated dark fruit, floral pastille, chewing tobacco and fruitcake flavors that deepen and pick up a hint of cola with air. Seamless, focused and surprisingly lithe for its richness, finishing impressively long and spicy, with a building mineral nuance and fine-grained tannins lending gentle grip."

reviewed by Josh Raynolds, Vinous

-Josh Raynolds, Vinous

 

2013 Patrimony

Rating: 98

The finest wine made from this estate to date, the utterly sensational 2013 Patrimony is a tiny production cuvee that's made from a selection of the top Cabernet Sauvignon on the estate and is aged 30 months in new French oak. Bottled in March of this year, its inky purple color is followed by a deep, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that has classic notes of black and blue fruits, graphite and crushed rock-like minerality. Possessing gorgeous concentration, fine tannin and fabulous purity, it's the finest 100% Cabernet Sauvignon I've tasted from Paso Robles and it will stand toe-to-toe with the best coming out of Napa.

reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

-Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

 

2013 Patrimony

Rating: 96

Extremely dark in the glass, this tremendous effort by the Daou brothers was nine years in the making, and it shows. Dense aromas of crushed lilacs, chocolate chips, soy and dark purple fruits come through with power on the nose. The palate is soft and supple in structure, offering flavors of blueberry, cocoa, pepper, graphite and candied fruit. The tannins remain a tad sticky, so drink 2018–2033.

reviewed by Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

-Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

 

2013 Patrimony

Rating: 95

Dark purple. Intensely perfumed cherry liqueur and cassis aromas, complemented by suggestions of potpourri, vanilla and pipe tobacco. Dense, alluringly sweet dark berry preserve and floral pastille flavors are sharpened by smoky mineral and cracked pepper notes that build in the glass. Surprisingly graceful for such a rich wine, finishing with smooth, harmonious tannins and outstanding, floral- and spice-driven persistence.

reviewed by Josh Raynolds, Vinous

-Josh Raynolds, Vinous