When Proprietor Georges Daou & Winemaker Daniel Daou founded DAOU Vineyards, they specifically sought out DAOU Mountain because of the rare calcareous clay that perfectly mimics the terroir of Bordeaux.
From there, they planted Cabernet Sauvignon (later expanding into other varieties). The vines are hand pruned, and, once they are to perfect ripeness, they are handpicked at night. All of DAOU wines are made with free-run juice, meaning the grapes are never pressed. After a careful fermentation process with a native yeast from DAOU Mountain, the wines are aged until they are ready to be shared.
Due to the high phenolics of our Estate Wines, they are ready to be enjoyed today, but will continue to develop over years to come.
Inspired by the renowned rosé wines of Provence, France, our 2020 DAOU Discovery Collection Rosé remains faithful to its origins. This wine is remarkably fragrant, offering generous aromas of fresh peach, Bartlett pear and nectarine, with subtle notes of hyacinth, apricot and crushed rose petals. The palate is delightfully silky, underlying a clean, fresh crispness delivering enticing flavors of mango, Crenshaw melon, lemon chiffon and tangerine. Secondary layers reveal hints of sweet cherry and vanilla with orange peel accents. A luxurious and lasting finish leaves traces of apple pie, strawberry and kiwi.
Inspired by the iconic white wines of France’s Rhône Valley, Chemin de Fleurs is a classic blend of three varieties—Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Viognier. The 2021 vintage offers tantalizing and vibrant aromas of pineapple, banana, vanilla bean and freshly sliced pear. Spicy notes of nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon complement floral notes of honeysuckle and star jasmine along with nuances of green apple, casaba melon and fig. The palate is silky, voluminous and mouthwatering, delivering generous flavors of mango, papaya, pineapple and white peach accented with buttered toast, wet stone, kiwi and ginger. A lovely, lingering finish of vanilla, baking spice, lemon chiffon and honey clover rounds out this exceptional vintage.
The 2020 DAOU Estate Chardonnay showcases how the Chardonnay varietal is brilliantly expressed on DAOU Mountain. Now that the vines are maturing, there is a deep level of minerality that emerges from the glass, accompanied by notes of white blossom, yellow apple, lemon peel and stone fruit. An expansive palate shows tremendous texture and depth of flavor. This perfectly structured Chardonnay promises to evolve beautifully in the bottle.
This limited-edition Pinot Noir comes exclusively from the famed Solomon Hills Vineyard, the westernmost vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley, just 11 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The 2021 vintage displays a stunningly floral nose of strawberries, rose petal and African violet with notes of cherry, raspberry and cardamom spice, all accented by earthy truffle and damp forest floor. Alluring, ethereal aromas of lilac and pine needles round out the lovely bouquet. A smooth, seductive palate displays focused flavors of
dried cherry, rhubarb, candied apple and lychee underscored with soft hints of leather and chocolate-dipped strawberry. A silky finish reveals elegant notes of pomegranate and cherry with a hint of clove spice.
Inspired by the classics of Saint-Émilion, the 2020 DAOU Reserve Seventeen Forty is a Cabernet Franc driven wine with a harmonious complement of Merlot. Beguiling aromas of blackberry cobbler, raspberry, crème de cassis and cherry pipe tobacco anticipate hints of toasty oak, black licorice and pencil shaving. Lush and full bodied, this wine bestows rich flavors of cherry, black plum, dark chocolate and blueberry compote with lovely accents of Zante currant, graphite and cinnamon. Solid structure and fine-grained tannins support a lengthy, focused finish, leaving notes of plum and boysenberry underscored by cocoa and black truffle.
The DAOU Reserve Eye of the Falcon showcases Winemaker Daniel Daou’s artistry with Bordeaux-style blends. True to form, the 2020 vintage is an intense yet graceful blend of
Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. A rich ruby hue prefaces lively scents of blackberry, cassis, Bing cherry, plum and violet, while suggestions of leather, dried tobacco, sage and sandalwood enhance the wine’s aromatic complexity. A deep, juicy palate delivers generous flavors of black cherry, black plum and ripe blueberry with hints of kirsch, licorice, cedar and roasted almond. A soft, lengthy finish unfolds with plush tannins and lingering notes of cranberry, cocoa and graphite
Micho is our signature marriage of two iconic Bordeaux varieties, showcasing the elegance, freshness and concentration that can only be attained on DAOU Mountain. With the highest phenolics this blend has seen, the 2019 vintage is one for the ages. A deep, ruby-purple hue foreshadows an enchanting floral character that transports the nose to a different dimension. The wine explodes from the glass with flavors of boysenberry, blackberry, dark chocolate and dried herbs, maintaining beautiful minerality and balance while exhibiting flawless structure. The finish is long, lingering and perfectly poised to the end
Each year, the DAOU Estate Cabernet Sauvignon showcases what is possible from DAOU Mountain in the masterful hands of Winemaker Daniel Daou. The 2020 vintage offers a highly perfumed nose of wild cherry, blackberry and currant with notes of plum, persimmon, graphite and cigar box, all underscored by a crushed limestone minerality. The palate is voluptuous and vibrant, presenting generous flavors of fresh blackberry, blueberry compote, kirsch and cassis along with espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla and hints of lavender potpourri. Firm, well rounded tannins provide unmatched structure and body, while an elegant, persistent finish lingers with suggestions of black raspberry, currant and spiced plum. An age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon that will reward careful cellaring for many years to come.
A jewel of ecological elements, the unlocking of the power of DAOU Mountain has been a journey of the ages.