A rich and compelling nose of blackberry, cassis, smoky leather and dried herbs is enhanced with layers of plum and cherry, cocoa and sandalwood. Notes of pencil lead and crushed rock mingle with subtle nuances of sage and menthol. Bold and full bodied, this wine is structured firmly around a solid core of boysenberry and cherry fruit. Supple, ripe tannins provide ample backbone for the layers of boysenberry, black cherry, licorice and dried herb flavors. Fleshy and weighty on the palate while retaining balance and finesse, it finishes long and clean with lingering notes of plum and blackberry.
Blend – 83% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc
Jeb Dunnuck 92 Points
Georges and Daniel Daou are inseparable as brothers, best friends, and visionaries. DAOU is the realization of their childhood dream and a testament to the timeless bonds of love and family. In the early 1980s, Georges and Daniel moved to California to pursue their American dream. The brothers enrolled at UC San Diego and studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. Industrious and driven to succeed, Georges and Daniel followed in their family’s entrepreneurial footsteps and started their own company, DAOU Systems, a networking technology company that would revolutionize hospital computer systems. In 1998, after taking DAOU Systems public, Georges and Daniel sold the company, and a new dream arose, a dream For years, Daniel had been making wine in his garage in rural San Diego, tending to a one-acre vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon, and reading every book he could find about winemaking. He knew he was destined to be a winemaker and knew it was time to start a winery. Everyone told him he was crazy, but with Georges as his business partner, Daniel told his father, “I’m going to buy this property in Paso, and I want to become a winemaker, and I think I can make one of the best wines in the world.” Without hesitation, his father said, “Go and don’t look back. Go full throttle.”