We are honored to share the following feedback from leading wine authorities.
Wine Spectator, August 2017 Insider Issue - Rating Release
Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, August 2016
“To give some perspective on how good these wines are, I did a blind tasting of top 2012s and 2013s from Napa with three wines from Daou, their Patrimony, Soul of a Lion and Estate Cabernet. I’m thrilled to report that all three Daou wines showed beautifully. My scores/ranking from the blind tasting were 2012 Hundred Acres (100 points), 2013 Scarecrow (99 points), 2013 Daou Patrimony (98 points), 2012 Schrader CCS (98points), 2013 Daou Soul Of A Lion (96 points), 2012 Dominus (95+ points), 2012 Schrader RBS (95+ points), 2012 Chappellet Pritchard Hill (95+ points), 2013 Daou Estate Cabernet (93 points). In short, these are beautiful wines that readers shouldn’t miss.”
Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2015, Issue#220
"Winemaker Daniel Daou called 2014 the vintage of his career. This was backed up in my tastings and these are easily the greatest Bordeaux blends I’ve tasted from Paso Robles. ... Located at one of the highest spots in the appellation, it’s worth noting this tiny micro-climate of this estate and it has more in common with Napa Valley than Paso Robles. In short, these are gorgeous wines that continue to show what's possible with Bordeaux varieties from Paso Robles
Frederick L. Dame, Master Sommelier
“I cannot be more impressed with what Daniel and Georges have created at DAOU. Their vision of stewardship of this historic property is completely hands on and passionate. Their research, execution, and commitment to excellence is reflected throughout the vineyards and winery. The wines are outstanding and the Cabernet Sauvignon is nothing short of superb. This is a project in its nascence with a brilliant future.”
Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast
“The Daou brothers’ considerable and continual investments is evidence that their wines will matter for years, ensuring a wise investment today.”
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, April 2015
"A growing number of Paso Robles vintners are proving that world-class Cabernet is not exclusive to Napa Valley, and this bottling from Daou emphatically makes the point."
Wine Spectator, August 2015
"Paso Robles’ Cabernet wave continues to rise. At the forefront are brothers Daniel and Georges Daou, who started buying land in the mountainous Adelaida District west of the city of Paso Robles in 2007."
Vinous - September 2015
"French-born Daniel Daou and his brother Georges own more than 200 acres of prime vineyard land on the west side of Paso Robles, but unlike virtually all of their neighbors they have opted to focus their efforts on Bordeaux-style bottlings. Their wines are assertively perfumed and flavored, with generous use of new oak that mostly works seamlessly with the lush fruit that the region consistently delivers. Interestingly, the Daous have placed a good amount of emphasis on Cabernet Franc, a variety that Daniel thinks "can be truly great if it gets ripe enough, which is hardly an issue here." No expense has been spared in the vineyards, the winemaking or the visitors' center, which is one of the more opulent ones that you'll find outside of the Napa Valley."
Quotes from our customers who have adopted our wines and are currently serving them in their establishments:
Eric Brehm, Sommelier/Asst Maitre D’ for El Bizcocho restaurant in Rancho Bernardo, California
“The wines of DAOU Vineyards are romantic and enchanting, reminiscent of an old world tradition with a new world passion. Daniel Daou is an innovative and charismatic winemaker that has captured the essence of Rioja and the grace of Rhone. There is a new Prince in Paso.”
Gary Bullers, Regional Manager for Southern California Morton’s Steakhouses
“…the wines are both well balanced and high quality. Most wines at that price point don’t offer the quality and balance that DAOU does.”
Bertrand Hug, Owner of Mille Fleurs of Rancho Santa Fe and Mister A’s in San Diego, California
"The wines of DAOU Vineyards, one of the new breed of California wine producers, show not only beautiful structure and depth but also a silky quality and respect for the terroir. I am featuring them in my restaurants and my customers and I have been enjoying their pleasing character.”
Mark N. Thomas, Director of Wine for the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
“DAOU Vineyards is already at the forefront of the next great wine growing region of California in Paso Robles and will be setting the future standards there with their wines. Daniel Daou has a vision with his winemaking style that blends classic old world values with new world techniques.”
Robert Vance Cross, C.W.E and 1990 Sommelier of the Year by California Restaurant Writers Association as well as Wine judge at Los Angeles County Fair for over 10 years.
“What first impresses the taster about the wines is the extraction and intensity; however, the tannins are surprisingly soft; the restrained use of oak adding more character and structure - and we arrive at wines that are graceful and an impressive work of art. Daniel Daou with his first release has impressed me with his mastery of the craft. Not only has he immediately shown himself to be a front runner; he has shown himself to be the first in a next generation of wine superstars.”
Paul Ellis, Wine Director for Aquaknox in Las Vegas, Nevada
“It’s easy to have power in California wines, especially Paso Robles; but having balance is the challenge and Daniel Daou appears to be doing that with Daou Vineyards.”
Scott Rubenstein, Sommelier, Charlie Palmer Restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada
“In DAOU Vineyards, I see the future of California; I feel these wines have transcended the competition because they are not fruit-driven, commercially-driven, or alcohol-driven products - these are elegant, intelligent wines that you find once or twice in your life. These wines continue to amaze me.”
Kurt Kennedy, Owner of Bernick’s Steakhouse in Paso Robles, California
“DAOU Cabernet is artfully crafted, magnificently balanced and a great addition to our restaurant.”
Greg Schroeder, Partner of top performer retail wine store Amazing Grapes in Orange County, California
“When is a first release so good that your mouth waters in anticipation for the main estate to release its future vintages? When it is DAOU Vineyards, that is! I’m staking my reputation right now and predicting that Daniel Daou will lead Paso Robles into international prominence with his soon-to-be world class Daou Vineyard offerings. Humble, energetic and charismatic, Daniel has spared no expense in his quest to establish his Daou Vineyards winery as the premier estate in Paso. Having had the opportunity to personally taste the entire lineup of the wines, including those in barrel, I knew this was a winning group of wines we needed in our establishment. Welcome to the wine world Daniel!”
Dean Wachstetter, Food and Beverage director for the Stratosphere restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada
“DAOU wines, handcrafted by Daniel Daou, are big and explosive with layers of dark fruit that go on and on. The structure and balance are extraordinary but my favorite component is the beautiful mouth feel that makes these wines so food friendly. We will continue to support such passionate winemaking as we try to provide the finest things in the world to our guests.”
Christian Mandarino, General Manager of Buena Tavola in Paso Robles, California
“At Buena Tavola in Paso Robles, DAOU Vineyards' cabernet is a wine that is welcomed and enjoyed by everyone in an area full of great wines. It just stands out because it's such a great wine!"
Mark Valin, Wine director for the Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, California
“It has become exceedingly rare these days to find a new label that makes wine with a soul rather than some vacuous marketing campaign that appeals to everyone and no one. Alternatively, the wines of Daou Vineyards offer ripe fruit notes and an approach ability that is immediately appealing to casual enthusiasts. But after a second or third sip one is suddenly confronted with a remarkable elegance and poise that would make even the most serious aficionado take note. Given Daniel Daou’s passion and dedication to making great wine there is no doubt that with each successive vintage DAOU will eventually give even the most renowned estates a run for their money.”
Robert Chachere, General Manager for Louis’ Las Vegas, Nevada
"DAOU wines are some of the top wines that come out of Paso Robles. Our guests also really enjoy their Zinfandel that we pour by the glass as it adds richness to their meal.”
Phyllis Villalpando, Food and Beverage director for the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, California
“Though DAOU Vineyards is somewhat a new player to the Paso Robles area, they are producing some of the best and most drinkable wines I have tasted. Once you have experienced one of these remarkable wines you will easily become of fan.”
Pasquale, Owner of Pasquale and Bryan Adams, Sommelier for Pasquale Del Mar, California
“DAOU...the most exciting wines we’ve tasted from California.”
Antoine Maalouf, Food and Beverage director for the Carmel Valley Ranch, California
“Saveur by DAOU is one of the best Petite Sirah blends I have tasted this year. We have added it to our wine list and it has been received extremely well.”
Bobby Daitch, General Manager for Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Del Mar, California
“I love introducing the DAOU VIneyards “Saveur” to my guests because it always blows them away. The wine has such a smooth and rich mouth feel, with lots of dark fruit, and great balance. It’s a great compliment to our sizzling steaks.”
Jim Parker, Wine Director for the Barrel Room Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro, Rancho Bernado, California
“Daniel Daou appreciates fine wines made in traditional Old World Style. Such wines are first and foremost made in the vineyard with exacting viticultural standards then completed in the winery by a winemaker who lets the fruit speak for itself. Daniel Daou's wines show depth and complexity with a perfect balance of fruit, acid and alcohol. DAOU wines are ready to be matched with a wonderful meal today but will also age beautifully and gracefully for years to come. I look forward to DAOU Estate bottlings and the opportunity to offer them to our guests."