DAOU Vineyards: Perfection in Paso Robles

Daniel and Georges’ love of wine began in France and continued in their adopted California

Nobody could accuse the Daou brothers of lacking ambition. “We will stop at nothing less than producing the perfect Cabernet Sauvignon,” declares Georges Daou. “We view our quest as a sacred trust.”

Georges and his brother Daniel were born in Lebanon, but fled to France with their family during the civil war, where their love of wine began. They came to California to study mathematics and engineering and pursued successful careers in the tech industry before their thoughts returned to viticulture.

For many years the brothers set forth, searching across the globe for the terroir to make their dream a reality. They found it in the Adelaida district of Paso Robles, on a hill they now call DAOU Mountain: 14 miles from the Pacific, and 2,200 feet above sea level, with calcareous clay soils that evoke Bordeaux’s Right Bank.

“We have challenged ourselves to produce wines that will rival the greatest,” says Daniel, who assumes winemaking duties.

“There is no question that we have the terroir. Success will come through reverence for this land – the idea is that we are not ‘making’ something from it, but rather mirroring all that is already there.”

There are four tiers to the DAOU range. The Estate Collection is seen as the company’s first-growth equivalent, with wines from the mountain’s finest vineyard blocks.

The Reserve Collection wines are made from premium fruit sourced from the mountain as well as select Paso Robles AVA vineyards. The Discovery Collection wines are hand-harvested from standout local vineyards.

The Pessimist is “wine made to rattle the status quo and deliver unprecedented quality in the world of approachable blends”. Again the fruit comes from leading vineyards in Paso Robles.

Critics have been impressed by DAOU’s oeuvre, notably Wine Advocate critic Jeb Dunnuck, who pitted five of Napa’s most iconic wineries against DAOU in a blind tasting. “All three DAOU wines showed beautifully,” he wrote, with the 2013 Patrimony described as “the finest 100% Cabernet Sauvignon I’ve tasted from Paso Robles.”

Over the past decade, DAOU wines have been awarded scores of 90+ points more than 200 times.

DAOU Mountain, where soils bear similarities to those of Bordeaux’s Right Bank

DAOU wines are new to the UK, but for over a decade they’ve been wowing critics in the US. Now independent merchants here can access the range, through Carson & Carnevale Wines.

An exclusive launch offer for independent specialists

DAOU Discovery Chardonnay 2018
Normal RSP: £23.99, DPD: £12.59/£12.99 (ex-VAT)
Intro Offer SP: £19.99, DPD: £10.83 (ex-VAT)
91 Points – Wine Enthusiast
A lush, precise Chardonnay with tropical aromas of pineapple, mango and freshly sliced banana, all accented by captivating accents of nutmeg, vanilla, honeysuckle, and hazelnut. The palate is voluminous and silky, with elegant flavours of honeydew melon and lemon.

DAOU Discovery Rosé 2019
Normal RSP: £26.99, DPD: £14.17/£14.62 (ex-VAT)
Intro Offer SP: £23.99, DPD £12.99 (ex-VAT)
Fragrant and floral, with aromas of fresh strawberry, sliced peach and watermelon. The palate is refreshingly crisp yet lusciously smooth; juicy flavours of nectarine, orange, strawberry parfait and golden delicious apple, with accents of melon on the finish.

DAOU Discovery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Normal RSP: £26.99, DPD: £14.17/£14.62 (ex-VAT)
Intro Offer SP: £23.99, DPD £12.99 (ex-VAT)
92 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate & The USA’s #2 Cabernet between $20-$30
Rich and sophisticated, with currant, black cherry, cedar and eucalyptus. Excellent structure and harmony between the pure fruit core and firm, yet supple, polished tannins. Silky, smooth and remarkably elegant, the finish offers notes of sweet cherry.

Pessimist by DAOU 2018
Normal RSP: £25.99, DPD: £13.64 / £14.08
Intro Offer SP: £22.99, DPD: £12.45
92 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
An unusual blend: 62% Petite Sirah, 20% Zinfandel, 16% Syrah, 2% Lagrein, providing a plethora of fruit aromas: blueberry, boysenberry, plum and strawberry, underpinned by smoky notes of truffle and roasted coffee. Buttered toast and vanilla notes on the finish.

    This launch offer is exclusively available to independent specialists from July 15 until September 11 2020. Special prices will be available each time a customer orders 2 SKUs, eg one case of Chardonnay and one case of Cabernet Sauvignon. All cases are 6 x 75cl.
    The first 15 orders will receive 1 x DAOU polo shirt, 1 x DAOU cap and 1 x DAOU prestige corkscrew. Customers who order more than 50 cases of DAOU product prior to Christmas will also receive 2 x DAOU gilets and 1 bottle of Bodyguard by DAOU.

Feature sponsored by DAOU and Carson & Carnevale Wines
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