Brothers Georges and Daniel Daou embarked on a journey of conviction. It began with a belief that their DAOU Mountain estate would one day produce some of the most profound wines imaginable.

With Patrimony, that promise has been fulfilled. It is the destiny of this land, and the masterwork of those who shepherd it. 


2017 Patrimony

"96-100...A wine that might just be the greatest pure Cabernet Sauvignon to come from the Paso Robles, ever, the 2017 Patrimony sports a saturated purple color as well as awesome black and blue fruits, notes of crushed violets, graphite, and a damp earth/rocky minerality that develops with time in the glass. Full-bodied, with a gorgeous core of sweet fruit, it stays balanced, elegant, and seamless on the palate, and despite its obvious size and richness, it’s beautifully balanced, has no hard edges, and stays pure, precise, and long. It’s a sensational barrel sample that’s going to flirt with perfection"

- Jeb Dunnuck, Jeb Dunnuck's Wine Magazine

The 2017 growing season was preceded by one of the wettest winters in recent memory, with nearly 35 inches of rain recorded on DAOU Mountain. The vines were energized by the much-needed moisture, setting one of our best crops yet. The weather remained steady from spring through mid-summer. However, a heat wave descended upon California during the third week of August. Many vintners chose to harvest immediately, but we made the brave decision to allow the fruit to hang. As we suspected, a cooling trend snapped the heat wave ensuring that the fruit achieved optimal ripeness. The result was our latest harvest ever on the Mountain, reaching all the way into the third week of October. The long hang time yielded the deepest color and concentration we have seen from our Estate. The tannins are silky and beautifully integrated. We feel that the 2017 wines will rival the best ever from DAOU Mountain.

2016 Patrimony

"96-99...Last of the 2016s, the flagship 2016 Patrimony is always a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon brought up in new barrels, where it’s still resting, not schedule to be bottled until next March. This is a massive barrel sample by any measure and offers up a huge nose of crème de cassis, tobacco leaf, graphite, and chocolate. Despite it’s size, it stays graceful and balanced on the palate and carries thrilling amounts of fruit, remarkable purity, and terrific underlying structure and depth. It’s the real deal and is going to be another sensational Cabernet Sauvignon from this estate."

- Jeb Dunnuck, Jeb Dunnuck's Wine Magazine

If there was ever a perfect year in the vineyard, 2016 was it. The growing season started early in the wake of dry conditions through winter and early spring. While vine growth was limited by the low reserves of soil moisture, a steady bloom and healthy grape set blessed us with normal cluster yields—something we had not seen in several years. These yields, combined with dry farming, created extremely small berries with intense flavors. There were many fires in the area in August, but we were fortunate not to be impacted. Fog arrived on DAOU Mountain in early August—a rare phenomenon for that time of year. Humidity was higher than normal, and temperatures cooled extensively for the last two weeks of the month, allowing us to extend the fruit’s hang time longer than ever before. Temperatures in early September hovered in the 50s at night and 70s during the day, allowing the grapes to slowly mature into perfect physiological ripeness. The resulting 2016 PATRIMONY is a tour de force with a flawless integration of tannins and fruit. Everything in this wine spells balance and elegance, yet it is backed by the highest phenolics of any wine ever made on DAOU mountain.

2015 Patrimony

"97...The Daou brothers are intent on making this brand the most expensive and luxurious in Paso Robles. This vintage begins with intense aromas of roasted blackberry, tangy black-plum skin and crushed peppercorn. The palate is expertly layered in flavors of cassis, caramel, gravel, loam, cocoa and a hint of licorice. The tannins are firm but already approachable"

- Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

The 2015 growing season was a wild ride that found its equilibrium in the end. Spring arrived on track with bud break in early March and relatively warm temperatures through April. Meanwhile, winter rains had disrupted the current drought cycle and replenished the soils, resulting in healthy canopy growth. However, May brought unseasonably cold temperatures to the mountain, along with strong winds that caused severe shatter. Consequently, yields were down as much as 50 percent from normal. At last, warmth returned in June, allowing the small crop to ripen beautifully and on schedule by early September. The resulting fruit was distinguished by intense flavors and finely integrated tannins. The 2015 Patrimony is ultimately a wine of depth, immensity and elegance, and promises tremendous staying power for the next decade and beyond.

2014 Patrimony

"95...An ultrarich, deep and profound effort, packed with tiers of blackberry, currant and licorice flavors, jazzy, mocha-scented oak and a long, detailed finish. For all the weight and size, this comes across as elegant and polished. Drink now through 2036."

- James Laube, Wine Spectator

Without a doubt, 2014 was a phenomenal year for the Adelaida District. The growing season began early in the wake of persistent dry conditions. Vine growth was limited due to low reserves of soil moisture. The resulting crop was 20 percent lighter than the previous year, further intensifying the natural fruit flavors and producing some of the highest phenolics observed to date. The last two weeks of August brought cool temperatures to DAOU Mountain—a turning point for creating an exceptional vintage. The Patrimony fruit was picked on September 6. The extended hanging of the grapes for peak ripeness allowed for the development of beautifully integrated, well-balanced tannins. Exhibiting exceptional color and bouquet, the 2014 vintage is one that will be talked about for years to come.

2013 Patrimony

"98...The finest wine made from this estate to date, the utterly sensational 2013 Patrimony is a tiny production cuvee that's made from a selection of the top Cabernet Sauvignon on the estate and is aged 30 months in new French oak. Bottled in March of this year, its inky purple color is followed by a deep, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that has classic notes of black and blue fruits, graphite and crushed rock-like minerality. Possessing gorgeous concentration, fine tannin and fabulous purity, it's the finest 100% Cabernet Sauvignon I've tasted from Paso Robles and it will stand toe-to-toe with the best coming out of Napa."

- Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2013 vintage marked one of the driest years on record. A mild winter prompted an early bud break, with the dry conditions producing small clusters and tiny berries. A measure of relief came with an unexpected storm in May, replenishing the soils with moisture to help carry the vines through the summer months.

Temperatures were ideal. August hovered mainly in the 70s and low 80s, prolonging hang time and allowing the fruit to achieve complete maturity. The select vine rows designated for Patrimony were picked on September 23. The small clusters delivered on their promise of intense dark fruit flavors with remarkable concentration. All of these elements converged to yield a wine with beautiful structure and immense aging potential.