About Daou Patrimony Caves Des Lions 2019:
Daou Patrimony wine is a marriage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, one cannot but be taken by the uber-dark color of this wine while delighted by the unexpected tasting profile.
When the first sip is taken, an unexpected profile emerges from the glass with elegance and freshness accompanied by a wealth of minerality. The nose explodes with aromas of cassis, cured meats, coffee, licorice, dark chocolate, and spice. Full-bodied, this flawlessly balanced wine will keep you thinking for a long time while the finish does not stop.
The Daou PATRIMONY aging program is built around the most coveted barrels that are accessible only through personal relationships with top cooperages. Collectively, these barrels provide for seamless oak integration and staggering complexity over a maturation period of 30 months.
Harvest Date: 2019
The phenolics produced on this mountain are known to be among the highest in the world, fostering an immensity of color, depth, and structure. To extract the purest and most
elevated expression of this terroir, purposeful omission is required. Only select vineyard rows are chosen for PATRIMONY cultivation. By the time the fruit is aggressively thinned, optically sorted, and used only for its free-run juice, a minimal percentage of the total potential yield meets the exacting standard we set for Daou PATRIMONY. Fermentation proceeds
exclusively with wild yeasts cultured from DAOU Mountain, imbuing the wine with native texture and character.
Growing Notes Notes:
Abundant rainfall combined with moderate temperatures and extended hang times resulted in the latest harvest on record. The winter rains yielded a healthy cover crop that replenished the soil’s micronutrient stores. The growing season was perfect with temperatures hovering in the 80s and 90s, and not a single day reaching 100 degrees in the vineyard. The fruit arrived at the winery in exquisite condition with small, pure, and unblemished berries. The 2019 vintage is marked by elegance, intensity, and fine acidity, all combining to
promise excellent longevity and staying power.
The Story Behind The Winery:
As young men, brothers Georges and Daniel Daou shared the same dream: to live a life in wine. Their dream prevailed years later when they discovered what would become known as DAOU Mountain, an untapped world-class terroir in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles.
Daniel and Georges Daou are committed to producing world class wines that will be recognized internationally. Although both engineers by trade, the brothers are no strangers to agriculture.
The brothers’ passion for quality wine was nurtured in France, where they were raised. Their father, like many living in France, enjoyed wine as part of every meal. Daniel and Georges came to appreciate wine as young adults and their passion for it has never left them.
When it came time for college, the two brothers set sail for San Diego, California, to attend UCSD, where they graduated with degrees in electrical and computer engineering. After college, the enterprising brothers formed Daou Systems, where they developed intranet technologies for hospitals.
In less than ten years, the company became one of the top five IPO’s in the country. Through the years of building successful technology start-ups, Daniel never lost sight of his appreciation for wine and his desire to produce it.
Being an avid wine collector and aficionado was not enough to quench his thirst for the wine industry, so he began to intensively study winemaking and viticulture, making his own wine, working with great winemakers and learning everything he could about the fine points of producing premium wines.
He soon set out on a new professional venture that was closer to his heart than the technology industry; crafting world class wines that married the elegance of the French wines he grew up with and the concentrated flavors of California wines. The next step was to find a vineyard estate with the perfect terroir.
In 2007, Daniel and Georges’ search for the perfect terroir led them to the west mountain Adelaida area of Paso Robles, California, where they found a parcel that was part of the historical Hoffman Mountain Ranch vineyard with desirable terroir that fit their criteria for growing Cabernet Sauvignon and other red varietals that would rival the world’s best wine appellations. The property’s combination of high elevation, cool marine influence, southeast and southwest sun exposure and highly sought after calcareous-lime soils was exactly what they were looking for. An added bonus was that the 100 acre property had over 70 farmable acres making it one of the larger vineyard sites in the Adelaida region.
Nicknamed Daou mountain, the property also features incredible building sites with enormous views for the Spanish style winery and tasting room, now scheduled to break ground in 2010. On the property, the brothers will feature a rare 1740 bell imported from Spain, which is featured on their label. Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and, a signature Cabernet/Syrah blend currently comprise the current offering of premium wines under the La Capilla collection. A new series nicknamed Paripaso was also introduced in 2009 with an entry level Cabernet Sauvignon. The brothers planed on crafting estate Daou Vineyards wines that will be primarily focused on the estate’s Bordeaux varietals due to be released to the market by 2012.
Family owned and operated, DAOU Family Estates is committed to producing collectible, world-class wines to rival the most respected appellations in the world. DAOU Mountain’s combination of remarkable geology, microclimate, a 2,200-foot elevation, and steep slopes gives it a terroir described as “a jewel of ecological elements.” As stewards of this beautiful terroir, DAOU’s goal is to make unique fine wines that honestly and accurately reflect the potential of the Estate and to craft Bordeaux style wines that combine Old World tradition with New World techniques.