Daou is making some of the best Cabernets in Paso Robles today. Highly recommended
99 Points Robert Parker: "Still in barrel, the 2018 Patrimony is shaping up to be an archetypal Paso Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose is layered and deep, exploding with mint chocolate, iron, crushed blackberries, violet, cedar and cigar aromas. Structurally, it’s surprisingly fresh and silky. The fruits are pure and concentrated, but it’s lifted and juicy, with incredibly fine, dust-like tannins and a very long, nuanced finish that lifts toward a very pretty mineral, floral note. Gorgeous! This is expected to age in 100% new French oak for 30 months...
...These notes are the result of a fascinating and extensive tasting with father and daughter team Daniel and Lizzy Daou. As readers may know, Daou's estate vineyards (which emphasizes Bordeaux varieties) are planted at high density on steep slopes in Adelaida District in a site once singled out by the great André Tchelistcheff for its potential. Grown in these soils and in this climate, Daou's vines produce grapes with an extraordinarily high phenolic content, to which the estate's winemaking has gradually adapted. Macerations are very short, with the wines finishing fermentation in barrel, but even so these inky, structured reds don't lack for color or substance. Acidities are healthy, alcohols never in excess of 15%, and the wines are totally dry. I looked at two verticals in the course of my tasting, so I'm also in a position to observe that these wines evolve very slowly. There's no one else making Cabernet Sauvignon like this in Paso Robles."
In the golden, oak-studded hills of Paso Robles' fabled west side, not far from William Randolph Hearst's magnificent castle, there is a man with a Homeric vision. His name is Daniel Daou and he is devoting his life and every imaginable resource to creating, first and foremost, a Cabernet Sauvignon that rivals the very best in the world. Gracefully perched atop a stunning promontory at 2,200 feet, the DAOU Spanish Colonial style winery is embraced by a tangible serenity. This kind of synergy happens rarely: superlative climate and terroir, super intensive vineyard culture, and cutting edge viticultural practice. You're more likely to find it in Bordeaux than Central California.