2013 DAOU Celestus
19 months in 30% new French oak
A rich and powerful nose of plum and black currants, leather and smoked meats with hints of toast and pencil lead. A big wine, concentrated and complex, yet focused and balanced. Flavors of dark fruits predominate with Zante currants, blackberry and dried plum. Dried herbs with notes of sage and sandalwood accentuate the fruit magnificently throughout the mid-palate. This wine finishes very strong, revealing its depth and age-worthiness.
The 2013 vintage was one of the driest years on record. The lack of water caused early bud break, as well as smaller clusters and berries known for making wines with intense avors and concentrated dark fruit. An unexpected storm brought relief in May and allowed our soils to retain some moisture for the warm summer months. Overall, the temperatures during the growing season were ideal with August bringing temperatures in the 70s and low 80s. These cooler temperatures allowed plenty of hang time on the vine for the grapes to fully mature. Harvest began on September 10th and ended October 4th, giving DAOU Mountain a blockbuster 2013 vintage. All the elements came together to make “once-in-a-lifetime” wines with integrated tannins and silky structure that will withhold substantial aging.
50% Syrah, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot