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Date Printed: 8/19/2014
DAOU Vineyards Petite Sirah 2008
DAOU Vineyards Petite Sirah 2008
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/19/2014: $33.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 DAOU Petite Sirah is dark plum purple, with lots of young, bright, ripe black cherry and berry fruit aromas with honeysuckle, prune, and traces of oak, butter, vanilla, and cedar. The mid-palate is clean and fresh with hints of black pepper spice and smoke. Powerful, but without intense tannins this is a wine that maintains exemplary varietal character. The addition of 5% Viognier adds a lovely structure, softening and integrating the wine throughout the tasting experience.

Pair with grilled foods, pepper crusted tuna, assorted grilled vegetables such as eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes.

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About DAOU Vineyards:

In the golden, oak-studded hills of Paso Robles' fabled west side, not far from William Randolph Hearst's magnificent castle, there is a man with a Homeric vision. His name is Daniel Daou and he is devoting his life and every imaginable resource to creating, first and foremost, a Cabernet Sauvignon that rivals the very best in the world.

Gracefully perched atop a stunning promontory at 2,200 feet, the DAOU Spanish Colonial style winery is embraced by a tangible serenity. Hawks wheel and bank while the all-day sun caresses close planted rows of lush, emerald green vines. The 100 percent calcareous soil makes no sound as it passes out nourishment and only a gentle breeze flows up through the Templeton Gap from the Pacific. The quiet is bewitching; you want to lay down roots here, just as the four-year-old vines have done. But the sense of peace belies the serious industry at work on this 100 acre estate. No effort is spared to create the luscious varietals and blends that flow from this limited production winery. This kind of synergy happens rarely: superlative climate and terroir, super intensive vineyard culture, and cutting edge viticultural practice. You're more likely to find it in Bordeaux than Central California. Coupled with the infectious passion and gracious, family style hospitality of the Daou brothers, Georges and Daniel, the result is pure magic. The kind of magic that comes in a bottle.