2018 DAOU CENTRAL COAST PINOT NOIR
Winemaker Daniel Daou has excelled in making wines from some of the CentralCoast’s most revered Pinot Noir sites, including Solomon Hills and Gary’s Vineyard. He now builds upon his success with this exciting new release—an elegant, authentic and accessible Pinot Noir made from his favorite coastal vineyards. The 2018 vintage offers enticing aromas of cherry, rhubarb and rose petal, with notes of African violet, cloves and toasty oak. Silky and lush on the palate, this wine delivers rich flavors of ripe strawberry, cherry and black raspberries. Subtle hints of black olive and truffle add complexity and sophistication to this elegant and ethereal wine.
Transitioning from mid-palate to the persistent finish is smooth and seamless, leaving a lovely, lingering memory of sweet strawberries, juicy plum, and pine forest.
2018 may go in history as the longest season yet. A good amount of rain
fell on DAOU Mountain which gave to a later bud break in April. The vines were energized by the much- needed moisture, setting one of our best crops yet. The weather remained steady from spring through June. Then we received a long heat wave that fortunately did not affect the quality of the grapes due to the fact that it was before the start of veraison. A cooling trend ensued for the rest of the season right after the heatwave, prolonging the hang time leading into harvest. The result was our latest harvest ever on the Mountain, reaching all the way into the third week of October. The long hang time yielded deep color and concentration with dense wines. The tannins are silky and beautifully integrated. As a result, 2018 was an exceptional vintage that gave way to powerful and balanced wines.