Paso Robles Wine Country is centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California's Central Coast. As California's fastest growing wine region and largest geographic appellation, the territory encompasses more than 40,000 vineyard acres and more than 200 wineries.
Daniel Daou's winemaking vision had one very singular focus-creating the highest possible quality Cabernet and Bordeaux wines. This mission had a critical ingredient-the Calcareous Clay soils of Bordeaux. For Daniel, there is no greater truth than the fact that great wine is made in the vineyard. His extreme focus on every detail-from the proper soil, to his proprietary planting structure that creates “total vine balance” his exacting, almost extreme, winegrowing philosophy allows for the grapes to arrive to the winery in the perfect condition to create wines that continue to rival the best in the world.
“We’ve measured 600 Bordeaux and Cabernet Sauvignon wines from all over the world and never found phenolics [such] as we have on our mountain,” claimed Daniel Daou, the winemaker-owner of DAOU Vineyards. Daou’s wines not only possess abundant color, tannins, aromatics, and flavor but also the acidity and limestone minerality you’d expect from what he refers to as a French style. “It’s a rare phenomenon: Paso Robles is armed with the soils of Europe and a perfect climate for ripeness,” said the French-trained enologist. DAOU is perched at 2,200 feet above sea level in the Adelaida District, making it the highest-elevation winery in Paso Robles. Calcareous clay soils and wind that blows nonstop through the dry-farmed vines create wines that, at an average of 14–14.7% ABV, have that “it” factor to add to their luxury and quality."
www.tastingpanelmag.com March 2021
Daou Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Cellarmaster's VALUE RATING94 / 100
Daou Pessimist Red Blend 2018
Cellarmaster's VALUE RATING95 / 100
Daou Vineyards Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Cellarmaster's VALUE RATING97 / 100
Daou Vineyards Estate 'Soul of a Lion' Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Cellarmaster's VALUE RATING98 / 100
Daou Vineyards Estate Patrimony Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Cellarmaster's VALUE RATING99 / 100
Daou Vineyards Estate Patrimony Caves de Lions 2018
Cellarmaster's VALUE RATING100 / 100
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