Wine Review: Daou Sauvignon Blanc
WINE REVIEW: DAOU SAUVIGNON BLANC (PASO ROBLES)
The Daou brothers were born in Lebanon. They grew up in Beruit, then known as the Paris of the Middle East. When the Lebanese civil war broke out in 1975, the Daou Brothers moved to Cannes, France where they developed a passion for enjoying, and later making their own wine. In the early 1980s, Georges and Daniel moved to California to pursue their American dream. They enrolled at UC-San Diego and studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. Industrious and driven to success, Georges and Daniel started their own company, DAOU Systems, a networking technology company that would revolutionize hospital computer systems. But making wine was what they really wanted to spend their time doing.
So, in 1998, the Daou Brothers bought a small winery in Paso Robles and they have been making a splendid variety of affordable but impressionable wines ever since. I’ve had the opportunity to try a number of Daou wines, but this was my first sampling of their Sauvignon Blanc, which drinks very differently from the grape varietals I’m used to — primarily from New Zealand and France.
Paso Robles is known for powerful wines. Many of its reds are the consummate “fruit bombs,” high in alcohol content and explosive to the taste. However, Paso Robles doesn’t produce nearly as many white wines (someone correct me here if I’m wrong on this) and so when I have the chance to expand my tasting horizons, my glass is tipped and my palate is ready.
The Daou Sauvignon didn’t disappoint. It’s more subtle than I was expecting given the 13.7 alc. content and the wine-producing region which is known to produce many 14- to 15.5 pct. wines which are standard. What I really enjoyed about this Daou was the low acidity. Sauvignon Blancs are marvelous but they do create acid reflux if you are not used to them and drink them in any volume. I’ve been on a Sauvignon Blanc kick for a year in the warmer months but I admit not being able to deal with the acidity, at times. This Daou was the perfect remedy — allowing me to enjoy this varietal without the after-effects.
I was already a huge fan of Daou wines and after trying this latest offering, I’m even more of a loyalist. I hope to visit this winery soon and meet the Daou Brothers and sample more of what they have to offer. This is truly a Lebanese-American success story.
Alc. Content: 13.7
Recommended: Yes, as a great alternative to drinkers of SB, who don’t like the acidity