All fruit from DAOU Mountain is hand picked, then sorted both by human eye and cutting-edge optical technology to ensure absolute fruit purity. Using only 100-percent free run juice, Winemaker Daniel Daou initiates fermentation with native yeasts cultivated from the estate. Each fermentation is customized by measuring phenolic composition and using sensory analysis, enabling Daniel to orchestrate natural balance and texture. With these and other proprietary techniques, he is able to make ageworthy wines that exhibit depth, structure and first-growth elegance.
All DAOU estate wines are aged in 80-percent new French oak barrels selected from France’s best cooperages, including Sylvain, Boutes and Taransaud. Winemaker Daniel Daou also supervises the coopering of his own proprietary barrels made from a fine-grain pink oak known as bois rosé. This rare wood is aged in the elements for up to five years, and is prized for imparting an array of complex yet subtle flavors. The bois rosé barrels are also finished with Daniel’s custom toasting, which reduces char in order to bring nuance and length to the wine’s finish.