Accolades

We are honored to share the following feedback from leading wine authorities.

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.”

"This estate in Paso Robles, California, creates terroir-driven and precision-based wines directed by its two owner/brothers, who are both successful engineers. The Daou’s exhaustive hunt for premium soil in Paso has resulted in wines that rival top Bordeaux bottlings, and is putting Paso on the global radar for collectible reds."

93 POINTS Editors’ Choice, DAOU 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)

The Daou brothers have become increasingly known for their rich, unctuous and lavish high-end wines, but this bottling offers a taste of that opulence for just $30. Plump blueberry and soft, cedar-like spice scents show on the nose, while the palate bursts with black cherry, dark chocolate and caramel flavors, powered by ample acidity. It will age gracefully, but is already delicious.

94 POINTS Cellar Selection, DAOU 2014 Micho Red (Adelaida District)

Elegant and tightly wound kirsch, crème de cassis, charred beef and toffee aromas show on the nose of this blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. Its toffee flavor is laced with chocolate and charcoal on the palate, and its sticky tannins need time to smooth out. Drink 2019–2029.

94 POINTS, DAOU 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Adelaida District)

Viscous and dark in the glass, this can be none other than a Daou wine. The telltale crème de cassis, black cherry, mocha and espresso aromas lead to a palate of exotic black spice and concentrated fruit, its blackberry and blueberry flavors accented with hoisin notes. It has enough structure to age but is also accessible now.

96 POINTS Cellar Selection, DAOU 2013 Soul of a Lion Cabernet Sauvignon (Adelaida District)

This rich, hearty and ultimately lovely blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot still needs time to open up. When it does, expect dense and pure aromas of blueberry, black currant, graphite and nose-tickling spice. The palate's intense structure, though shy for now, reveals charred beef, coffee, caramel, black cherry and dried rose flavors. Drink 2019–2030.

95 POINTS, DAOU 2014 Cuvée Lizzy Red (Adelaida District)

An extreme and lovely amount of dill and spearmint shows on the nose of this exciting bottling by the Daou brothers, whose blend of 54% Malbec, 27% Cabernet Franc and 19% Petite Verdot also offers squeezed black-plum aromas. The palate is deep and rich but also fresh, lively and minty, with more dill laid across a blueberry and plum base, with a touch of charcoal.

94 POINTS, DAOU 2014 Cabernet Franc (Adelaida District)

Nearly opaque in the glass, this wine doesn't scream out varietal typicity, but it's rich and delicious nonetheless. Cherry cola, vanilla, blueberry paste and crème de cassis aromas show on the nose. It's creamy on the palate with the slightest hint of cracked peppercorn, but more dominated by black cherry, vanilla sauce and fudge flavors.

94 POINTS Cellar Selection, Daou 2013 Seventeen Forty Reserve Red (Paso Robles)

Rocky aromas meet with pure blackberry and other concentrated black fruits on the ripe but nowhere near sweet nose of this blend of 56% Cabernet Franc and 44% Merlot. Lavish flavors of blackberry, lilac, caramel and crushed gravel show on the zesty palate, but the star of this bottling is the chalky, fine-tuned structure. Drink 


Going the Distance, James Laube, Wine Spectator, November 2017

"Elsewhere across the state, there are other nooks and crannies where Cabernet is beginning to find its footing and, in some cases, to excel. This spreading diversity promises a bright future ahead. Paso Robles, for example, is showing steady gains, delivering quality that matches volume and producing stars such as Daou Vineyards, from brothers Georges and Daniel Daou, whose Cabernet Sauvignon Adelaida District Estate 2014 (94 points) is one of the winery's highest-rated bottlings to date, rivaling some of the best from Napa. Fans of ultrarich Cabernet should also look out for a new wine from the Daou brothers called Patrimony. At 95 points, it's a profound statement about how far the Daous believe they can push the envelope.

The Case for Cabernet, Aaron Romano, Wine Spectator, November 2017

DAOU | Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2015 | 93 points
"Paso Robles is primed to be California's next great destination for Cabernet, and brothers Georges and Daniel Daou are among those leading the way. The Daou estate is located high in the Adelaida district at an elevation of 2,000 feet. It benefits from a long growing season and cool nights that help to retain acidity. The Daous' strategy since their first vintage in 2010 has been to offer a range of Cabernet bottlings, starting with this entry-level version, which is polished and plump, with juicy red fruit flavors."

What's Past Is Prologue, James Laube, Wine Spectator, October 2017

"The Adelaida District is recognized for exceptional Cabernet. One prominent estate is Daou Vineyards, which farms more than 100 acres of grapes, much of it directed toward Bordeaux-inspired cuvées. After tasting Daou's new reds I am more convinced than ever of the winery's commitment to quality as well as the region's potential to elevate Cabernet to even greater success."

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."

94 POINTS, 2014 DAOU Cabernet Sauvignon Adelaida District Estate

Combines rich, deep flavors with a measure of finesse and refinement, allowing the earth-laced red berry and spicy herb notes to shine. Ripe, sturdy tannins lend this structure and traction. Best from 2020 through 2034.  –JL

Country: California • Region: Paso Robles • Issue Date: Nov 15, 2017

93 POINTS, 2015 DAOU Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles

Plump and juicy, this seamless effort is focused on red berry and jammy notes, showing plush tannins, depth of flavor and length. Ultraripe but stays within bounds. Drink now through 2030.  –JL

Country: California • Region: South Coast • Issue Date: Nov 15, 2017

93 POINTS, 2014 DAOU Soul of a Lion Adelaida District

A sturdy, dense and layered style, this is made for short-term cellaring. Remarkable flavor doors open as this unfolds, with red berry, licorice, herb, underbrush and jazzy, toasty oak. Though enjoyable now, this will be better in a couple of years. Built for the mid-range haul. Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2020 through 2035.  –JL

Country: California • Region: Paso Robles • Issue Date: Nov 15, 2017


Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

94 – 96 POINTS, 2016 DAOU Estate Cabernet Franc

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue Date: 29th Sep 2017

"A barrel sample, the 2016 Cabernet Franc Estate features a deep inky black color and broody, earthy/meaty/gamey notes at this nascent stage, over a core of red and black fruits, plus fragrant herbs and rose petal nuances. Very firm, very fine and very fresh in the medium-bodied mouth, it has a lovely structure and great depth of red currants and spice layers, finishing perfumed and long."

92 POINTS, 2015 DAOU Estate Cabernet Franc

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue Date: 29th Sep 2017

"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Franc Estate has a lovely fragrance of baked cherries, blackberries and mulberries with touches of garrigue and dried herbs plus some floral hints. The medium-bodied palate offers very pretty, perfumed fruit expression, with a rather sturdy frame of chewy tannins to lend gravitas, finishing with an herbal lift."

95 POINTS, 2014 DAOU Estate Cabernet Franc

Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Issue Date: 30th Aug 2016

"Moving to the 2014s, this is a great year here, and you can't go wrong with any of these cuvees. The 150-case 2014 Cabernet Franc Estate is a new wine that shows how good this variety can be from Paso Robles. Giving up lots of ripe currants, smoked earth, hints of dark chocolate and wild herbs, it's full-bodied, layered and silky, with fine, polished tannin and a killer finish. I'd happily drink a glass anytime over the coming decade or more."

92-94 POINTS, 2016 DAOU Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue Date: 29th Sep 2017

"A barrel sample, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate offers up a deep garnet-purple color and somewhat closed nose of subtle black berries, freshly crushed black cherries, dark chocolate and bay leaves with touches of menthol and cedar chest. The full-bodied palate possesses a lot of power with good, ripe yet firm, grainy tannins and a lively herbal lift on finish."

92 POINTS, 2015 DAOU Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue Date: 29th Sep 2017

"The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate displays a deep garnet-purple color and lovely, pure blackcurrant and crushed black plums notes with sautéed herbs, pencil shavings, beef drippings and underbrush in the background. Medium to full-bodied, tightly-knit and with a firm backbone of grainy tannins, it delivers plenty of youthful black fruit and earthy expression in the mid-palate and finish."

94 POINTS, 2014 DAOU Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Issue Date: 30th Aug 2016

"A big step up is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, which is 100% varietal and sees 20 months in new French oak. Its 14.7% alcohol isn't noticeable in the least and it's a rich, full-bodied, concentrated Cabernet that gives up notions of crème de cassis, licorice, sweet oak and smoked herbs. Layered, sexy and voluptuous, with a great finish, drink it anytime over the coming decade or so."

91-93 POINTS, 2016 DAOU Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue Date 29th Sep 2017

"A barrel sample composed of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon with 12% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve displays notes of crème de cassis, pure plums, beef drippings, iron ore and dried herbs with touches of pencil lead and cedar. The fruit on the medium-bodied palate is totally singing at this nascent stage, offering vibrant blackberry layers, nice ripe tannins and a long, earthy finish."

91 POINTS, 2015 DAOU Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue Date: 29th Sep 2017

"This wine is a blend of around 80% Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc making up the other 20%. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve offers ripe cassis, blackberry preserves, dried herbs, incense and dusty earth notions with a hint of smoked meat. The medium to full-bodied palate reveals a firm, fine-grained backbone with layered, relatively elegant fruit expression and a long and earthy finish."

95-97 POINTS, 2016 DAOU Estate Mayote

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue Date: 29th Sep 2017

"A barrel sample blended of 46% Syrah, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Petit Verdot, the 2016 Mayote has an inky black color and a stunning floral perfume of roses and violets to begin, over a core crushed black fruits, Provence herbs and fertile soil with touches of tar and anise. Full-bodied, rich, rounded, lively and oh-so-multilayered, this buxom beauty is shaping up to be a blockbuster, finishing very long and bold."

93 POINTS, 2015 DAOU Estate Mayote

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue Date: 29th Sep 2017

"Composed of 42% Syrah, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Mayote presents a deep garnet-purple color and wonderfully expressive smoked meat and exotic spice nose with a core of black fruit preserves plus hints of mocha, sandalwood and licorice. Full-bodied, rich and opulent, it has a solid frame of beautiful rounded tannins and tons of pepper and spice in the mid-palate, finishing long and earthy."

97 POINTS, 2014 DAOU Estate Mayote

Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Issue Date: 30th Aug 2016

"The 2014 Mayote is a total, jaw-dropping good blockbuster that readers need to taste. Made from an unusual blend of 56% Syrah, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot that spent 22 months in 100% new French oak, it offers killer notes of creme de cassis, toasted spice and wild herbs in a massively concentrated, voluptuous, rounded, sexy wine that expands on the palate, while never seeming heavy or cumbersome. It got more than one "wow" in the notes and should continue to impress through 2024."

95-97 POINTS, 2016 DAOU Estate Soul Of A Lion

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue Date: 29th Sep 2017

"This barrel sample of 2016 Soul Of A Lion is a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Inky-purple colored, the nose is youthfully closed, offering suggestions of crushed black fruits, earth, Indian spices, lavender and tapenade plus a hint of cigar boxes. Full-bodied and powerfully fruited in the mouth, it sports a firm structure of ripe, grainy tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing very long and multilayered."

92-94 POINTS, 2015 DAOU Estate Soul Of A Lion

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue Date: 29th Sep 2017

"This barrel sample of 2015 Soul Of A Lion is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 11% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it offers up a nose of crème de cassis, mocha, dusty soil and spice box. The rich, medium to full-bodied palate is all earthy/meaty/gamey at this primary stage, rich with firm, chewy tannins and finishing long with lovely expression."

95 POINTS, 2014 DAOU Estate Soul Of A Lion

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue Date: 29th Sep 2017

"This wine is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Soul Of A Lion has a gorgeous red and black currants nose with underlying earth, cinnamon stick, cigar box, cloves and sautéed herbs suggestions. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and yet possessing great finesse, it possesses beautiful, fine-grained tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with persistent perfumed fruit layers."

Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, August 2016

“To give some perspective on how good these wines are, I did a blind tastingof 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


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."

95 POINTS, 2014 DAOU Estate Mayote

Daou's Mayote is a rich and wonderfully conceived wine that is as impressive in its refinement and crafting as it is for its striking fruity depth. Its voluminous, full-scaled nose of blackberries, cassis, cocoa, caramelized roasted meats and creamy oak are followed by layered, like-minded flavors that last and last, and, for all of its enveloping richness, it is very solid in its construction with the balance and seamlessly fit tannic spine to guarantee no less than a decade of steady improvement. It is a collectable wine in every sense of the word.

Reviewed: March 2017

90 POINTS, DAOU Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Here is a Sauvignon Blanc that departs from the light and lively model and evokes far more richness than the norm, and, while much of its character derives from its very obvious complement of creamy oak, it is kept on the sure varietal track by its ample, well-sustained, fennel-tinged fruit. It is moderately full-bodied and not a wine designed for drinking with dainty and delicate dishes, but it is not at all heavy despite its concentration and size, and it will match up famously with richer fare over the next three or four years.

Reviewed: August 2017

91 POINTS, DAOU EstateCabernet Sauvignon

There is no missing the generously laid-on oak here, but there is more than enough very deep fruit in play at every stop along this complete and wonderfully rich wine's way to secure its very solid varietal credentials. Its central themes of perfectly ripened black cherries and are laced with root-beer-like sweetness, and, while it sports a full dose of fine-grained structural tannins, it is more plush than tough and is never waylaid by too much astringency. That said, it is a serious Cabernet that requires some waiting, and, if its journey to polished maturity may not take a decade, it should be hidden away for at least five years.

Reviewed: April 2017


Vinous - September 2016

The Paso Robles “A” List Grows

Paso Robles is currently one of the hottest regions in California, and it’s not just the weather. While there were just a relative handful of highly ambitious wineries here at the turn of the century, that number has been growing steadily, with new producers like Clos Solene, DAOU, Desparada, Ledge, Aaron, The Farm, Law and Turtle Rock recently making their mark.

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."

94-95 POINTS, 2015 DAOU Soul of a Lion           

(100% new French oak): Inky purple. Ripe dark berry, cherry-vanilla, licorice, candy and espresso scents are complemented by suggestions of cola, cracked pepper and woodsmoke. Offers palate-coating dark berry preserve, fruitcake and vanilla bean flavors that develop peppery spice and mocha qualities as the wine stretches out. Rich but shockingly lively as well, delivering a juicy, seamless, dark-fruit-driven finish that's framed by supple, harmonious tannins.

-- Josh Raynolds, Nov 2017

94 POINTS, 2015 DAOU Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 

(80% new French oak): Youthful purple. Mineral-accented dark berry, licorice pastille, cola and cedary oak on the deeply perfumed nose. Offers concentrated black and blue fruit and cherry pie flavors, along with mocha and espresso accents that become stronger on the back half. The impressively long, spice-laced finish shows excellent clarity and dark fruit thrust, with smooth tannins and a bitter chocolate element sneaking in late.

-- Josh Raynolds, Nov 2017

94 POINTS, 2015 DAOU Reserve 1740     

(aged for 20 months in French oak barrels, 70% of them new): Glass-staining ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented dark berry, cherry, mocha and licorice scents are complemented by cola, pipe tobacco and succulent herb nuances. Fleshy, concentrated and alluringly sweet, offering sappy blackcurrant, cherry liqueur and spicecake flavors that are sharpened by a jolt of smoky minerality. Shows outstanding depth, balance and thrust on a youthfully tannic finish that shows impressive focus and a sexy floral note.

Josh Raynolds, Nov 2017

94 POINT, 2015 DAOU Estate Micho   

(80% new French oak): Deep ruby. Powerful blackberry, cassis, vanilla and pipe tobacco scents are complemented by suggestions of sexy oak spices and succulent herbs. Intense palate-staining blackcurrant, boysenberry and cherry compote flavors show impressive depth and a smooth, velvety texture. Lingers with strong persistence on the youthfully tannic finish and leaves behind sexy Moroccan spice, cola and vanilla notes.

-- Josh Raynolds, Nov 2017

93 POINTS, 2015 DAOU Estate Cabernet Franc  

(100% new French oak): Inky ruby. Mineral-accented dark berry, licorice, vanilla and pipe tobacco aromas are complemented by oak spice and rose pastille qualities that gain strength with air. Offers intense blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors that show excellent depth and a subtle touch sweet chewing tobacco on the back half. Finishes with strong tenacity and building tannins and leaves behind Moroccan spice and dark fruit preserve notes.

-- Josh Raynolds, Nov 2017

93 POINTS, 2015 DAOU Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon          

(50% new French oak): Opaque ruby. Dark berries, fruitcake, toasty oak and a hint of vanilla on the deeply perfumed nose. Coats the palate with sweet black and blue fruit, mocha and floral pastille flavors. Zesty spice and mineral notes add lift and back-end cut. Fleshy and deep but lively as well, showing impressive clarity and youthful tannins on a very long, spice-tinged finish.

-- Josh Raynolds, Nov 2017

92-93 POINTS, 2015 DAOU Estate Mayote

(100% new French oak): Lurid purple. A powerful, complex bouquet evokes black and blue fruit liqueur, licorice candy and potpourri, along with a hit of sexy oak spices. Coats the palate with ripe cherry and blackberry flavors. A sweet violet pastille nuance lends an exotic touch. Youthful tannins shape a very long, chewy finish that shows serious power and a lingering vanilla note.

-- Josh Raynolds, Nov 2017

91 POINTS, 2015 DAOU Cabernet Sauvignon         

(60% new French oak): Inky ruby. Spice- and smoke-tinged blackberry and cherry aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied rose and pipe tobacco. Offers juicy dark berry and bitter cherry flavors that put on weight and become sweeter with air while maintaining lively character. Finishes energetic and appealingly sweet, with harmonious tannins, a touch of vanilla and strong, spicy persistence. This bottling delivers outstanding value, especially compared to what one would spend on a Cabernet of similar quality from Napa.

-- Josh Raynolds, Nov 2017

95 POINTS, 2014 DAOU Estate Soul of a Lion    

(all new French oak): Lurid violet color. Deeply pitched cassis, cherry liqueur, cedary oak and pipe tobacco aromas are lifted by a suave floral note and a hint of cracked pepper. Rich but impressively energetic as well, showing excellent focus and power to its dark berry preserve, fruitcake, vanilla and rose pastille flavors. Smoothly balances richness and elegance and betrays absolutely no rough edges. Finishes on a sweet blue fruit note, with superb tenacity, lingering spiciness and supple, slow-building tannins.

-- Josh Raynolds, Nov 2017

94 POINTS, 2014 DAOU Estate Mayote 

(100% new French oak): Bright purple. Intense cherry, cassis, incense and roasted coffee aromas are energized by a jolt of zesty minerality and a suave floral nuance. Deeply pitched cherry liqueur, blackcurrant, spicecake and vanilla flavors expand and become livelier with air, picking up a hint of toasty oak spice and showing impressive clarity. Finishes smooth, sweet and extremely long, with fine-grained tannins and lingering suggestions of cherry compote, mocha and candied rose.

-- Josh Raynolds, Nov 2017


Jeb Dunnuck, Jeb Dunnuck's Wine Magazine

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2017

"This estate was created in 2010 by brothers Daniel and Georges Daou, and it lies high up off Adelaida Road. Along with l’Aventure and Booker Vineyards, this estate is unquestionably leading the charge with regards to Bordeaux varieties in Paso Robles."

 

97 POINTS, 2014 Estate Soul of A Lion

Bottled just after I tasted it from barrel last year, the 2014 Soul of A Lion is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot that spent 22 months in new French oak barrels. Elegant, layered and decadent, with lots of blackcurrants, smoked earth, licorice, dark chocolate and espresso, it hits the palate with a killer, seamless texture, no hard edges and a great, great finish. It’s seriously good and up with some of the greatest Bordeaux blends from Paso Robles to date.

TASTING DATE 8/10/2017, REVIEWED BY Jeb Dunnuck

 

94-96 POINTS, 2016 Estate Mayote

Incorporating just a touch more Syrah, the 2016 Mayote (46% Syrah, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Petit Verdot) sports an inky color to go with terrific notes of blackberry jam, scorched earth, peppery herbs and graphite. A huge, unctuous, mouthfilling beauty, with building tannin, it's a seriously hedonistic turn on to drink over the coming decade.

TASTING DATE 8/10/2017, REVIEWED BY Jeb Dunnuck

 

92-94 POINTS, 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

A step up over the 2015, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a ripe, sexy, exuberant Cabernet (it's 100% Cabernet Sauvignon) that will see 20 months in 80% new French oak. It has tons of cassis, plums, leafy herbs and cedar/lead pencil aromas and flavors, full-bodied depth and richness and sweet tannin. It's going to drink nicely in its youth, yet also evolve nicely. It’s a beautiful, decadent Cabernet Sauvignon from this limestone soils that will deliver the goods.

TASTING DATE 8/10/2017, REVIEWED BY Jeb Dunnuck

 

93-95 POINTS, Estate Cabernet Franc

The estate will start producing more Cabernet Franc going forward, but the 2016 Cabernet Franc Estate is a tiny production effort that's all varietal and aged in 100% new French oak. Plums, violets, leady herbs and hints of mint, with charred earth, give way to an incredibly concentrated, unctuous red that has building tannin and a great finish. It's going to drink nicely right out of the gate, and I think is a step up over the 2015.

TASTING DATE 8/10/2017, REVIEWED BY Jeb Dunnuck

 

93 POINTS, 2015 Estate Micho

The Merlot dominated cuvée of the estate the 2015 Micho (56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Merlot brought up in 80% new French oak) offers a very pretty bouquet of plums, bay leaf, chocolate and cedar. It's elegant, silky and polished on the palate, with fine tannin. It's a beautiful, elegant wine.

TASTING DATE 8/10/2017, REVIEWED BY Jeb Dunnuck


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.”


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."