This wine explodes from the glass with a kaleidoscope of aromas and flavors, including blackberry, blueberry, blackcurrant, dark cherry, sweet tobacco and licorice. An added floral dimension imparts an integrated sense of elegance and freshness.
While full-bodied with ultra-high phenolic levels, this wine maintains its evenness and poise through an extraordinarily long finish. Structured, balanced and powerful, the 2019 Soul of a Lion will reveal its full magnitude after several years of careful cellaring.
2019 produced possibly the greatest vintage DAOU Mountain has
ever experienced, with heavy rains during dormancy, moderate
temperatures and extended hang time yielding a mighty harvest. The
ample winter rainfall—close to 40 inches total—gave way to a healthy
cover crop that replenished the soil’s micronutrient levels. The climate
throughout the growing season was perfect, with temperatures
mostly in the 80s and 90s, and not a single day reaching 100 degrees
during the entire year. The harvested grapes arrived in exquisite
condition, showing no damage, sunburn or shriveling. The resulting
wines are marked by elegance and power, with moderate alcohols
and great acidity that promise excellent longevity.
Hailed decades earlier as a “jewel of ecological elements” by
legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff, DAOU Mountain was
rediscovered by brothers Georges and Daniel Daou in 2007.
Their quest for a sublime terroir ended here, on steep slopes that
ascend to an elevation of 2,200 feet, all blessed with the type
of calcareous clay soil found in the greatest appellations. Driven
by the brothers’ passion for world-class, accessible wine, and
their continuous innovation and artistry, the Adelaida District
would soon become the world’s newest benchmark for Cabernet
Sauvignon and Bordeaux varieties.
22 months in 100% new French oak