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Founded in 2007 by brothers Georges and Daniel, the eponymous DAOU Family Estates has emerged as the paragon of Paso Robles as well as one of California’s most celebrated wineries. Consistently earning top praise from such noted publications as Wine Enthusiast and Wine Advocate, as well as from wine critic Jeb Dunnuck, the wines of DAOU Family Estate are noted for their precision and singular terroir expression.
Much of this success stems from the approach pioneered by winemaker and co-proprietor Daniel Daou, an engineer by training whose detail-focused approach in the winery yields perfectly balanced wines of grace and nuance. For example, Daniel cultivated and experimented with over 100 different strains of yeast from the estate for DAOU Family Estate wines, settling on one. Their ability to yield better color stabilization and more glycerol for a sumptuous mouthfeel in the wine has made these strains of native yeast highly sought-after among winemakers. Additionally, Daniel supervises the coopering of proprietary oak barrels for use in the winery’s top-flight wines, including a rare, fine-grain pink oak known as bois rosé, which imparts more subtlety to the wine over an extended period of aging time.
These are just two of the many innovations DAOU Family Estates has taken to create consistently excellent wines from Paso Robles’ Adelaida District AVA. When paired with the singular terroir of their vineyards—the highest in elevation in all of Paso Robles—as well as sustainable farming and mostly organic practices, DAOU Family Estates produces wine that matches and often exceeds those of Napa—all for a fraction of the price.
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A few of DAOU’s top selling wines include:
DAOU Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Aged in 50 percent new French oak, the Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon consistently delivers opulence and balance, while holding a best-in-class value for by-the-glass pours. The perfect introduction to the quality of DAOU Family Estates’ wines.
DAOU Estate Soul of a Lion Cabernet Sauvignon
The winery’s crown jewel is a tribute to the brothers’ father, Joseph Daou—a wine that consistently represents the finest expression of the estate’s vineyards, as well as the innovation of winemaker Daniel Daou’s approach in the winery. Layered and complex yet supple with silky tannins, Soul of a Lion Cabernet Sauvignon regularly garners scores in the upper 90s from America’s leading critics.
DAOU Paso Robles Rosé
Inspired by the rosé wines of Southern France, the DAOU Reserve Rosé brandishes a lovely pale-peach color and conveys a bevy of fruit tones that are plush, luxuriant, and vivid. With refreshing acidity and complex aromas, it promises to be a satisfying rosé for all seasons.