DAOU CHARDONNAY 2020, Paso Robles
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92 pts from Wine Advocate and 91 pts Wine Enthusiast. Created in 2007, Georges and Daniel Daou moved to California in the 1980's to study Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego. They created DAOU Systems, a networking technology company that would revolutionize hospital computer systems. Their desire to do this stemmed from their childhood in Beirut when in 1973 a missile that was fired beginning the Lebanese civil war struck the sidewalk in front of the family home. It sent shrapnel tearing through the house and took the family over 2 years to rebuild and recover from their serious injuries. Even though their father was a successful carpenter he and his wife chose to pack up the boys, their 2 daughters, and leave everything behind in 1975 as the Lebanese civil war worsened. They first immigrated to Paris and then down to Cannes where they were surrounded by vineyards with century old wine making techniques. This is where their love of wine grew. In 1989 they sold DAOU Systems and started making wine. Eventually they purchased the former Hoffman Mountain Ranch (a post-Prohibition winery) restoring it and then renaming it DAOU Mountain where they are farming and producing sustainably. Aromas of white flowers, jammy baked peaches, and tropical fruits lead into a rich palate of baked stone fruits, toasted brioche, and chalky/mineral driven earth. The bold and juicy mouthfeel is well balanced and structured. Elegant throughout it finishes long with bold layers of complexity from the fruits to the minerality. Enjoy now on its own or pair with buttery seafoods, braised and roasted poultry dishes, and creamy cheese plates.
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