I happened upon Daou by mistake as my GPS lost signal along the road. I wanted to visit here as I was told how lovely the setting was, and I was so glad that they were able to accommodate a wine tasting for me.
Daou is the highest elevation winery within Paso Robles and the views are gorgeous. This is a great spot to visit for a special occasion, savour a meal, and spend quality time. If you do plan a visit there, it can get windy so bring a sweater with you!
I was very lucky to be taken care of by Sybille, as she is a wine educator for Daou.
I do love sparkling rosés and this 2019 Daou Reserve Rosé was delicious. I could have sipped the afternoon away on this one, and I did bring a bottle home with me. It was such a delicate colour, very pale pink. Classic notes of strawberry, crisp, vibrant and bright, bringing a touch of minerality with a long vanilla inspired finish. The rocky soil here helps to enhance that minerality and being aged in French oak for 7 months helps to bring in that vanilla.
The 2019 Chemin de Fleurs is a blend of Grenache Blanc 48%, Viognier 27%, Roussanne 25%. On the nose is a very floral blend of jasmine and lavender. I could taste stone fruit with pear. I think this wine would be a fabulous pairing with spicy food.
Bell was cast in the bell tower Santa Maria, Spain in 1740.
The bell was rung for ask for help from the village at harvest. This 1740 bell was acquired by Daou and is now rung to celebrate special occasions. A blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot – a classic Saint Emilion blend. Delicious!
The 2018 Eye of the Falcon Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 25% Petit Verdot. Beautiful dark ruby hue. Blackberry and black raspberry on the nose and palate. The grapes come from the local mountain where they do not have to water resulting in concentrated fruit – jammy, smooth and delicious. This full-bodied wine would be fantastic with a steak.
If you find yourself in Paso Robles, head to Daou and enjoy the tasting and amazing views!