Brothers George & Daniel Daou discovered the land that was to become Daou Mountain 10 years ago, the result of their search to find an unrivalled terroir for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon. They bring the same drive, passion, exactitude & intensity that led these one-time refugees from the Lebanon to forge success in the business world to the cultivation of this land.
The estate stands alone at 2,200 feet and is a true contender for ‘first growth’ stature with its soils, aspect and climate. This is partnered with the skill of the brothers in their pursuit of excellence in the vineyard and cellar. “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.