Butterscotch Kiss – DAOU Vineyards 2008 Paso Robles Chardonnay


Well folks, he’s done it again. Daniel Daou has gone and changed my favorite Chardonnay.

Just when I had settled on David Arthur’s Chardonnay, along comes a winemakers dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Irvine this last Wednesday evening with Daniel Daou and his merry line-up of wines.

This is Daou’s first white wine, and it’s impressive! In typical Daou fashion, this beauty screams “I’m a Burgundy.” According to Daniel, the grapes were all hand sorted and whole cluster pressed, but not so hard as to include the bitterness of the stems and seeds. Apparently this creates a smoother, less tannic wine. I agree,  it was smooooooth! And that’s not all he did, while in barrels, the lees were stirred for 10 months to create a creamy and crispy flavor profile. Lastly, a small amount of viognier was blended in which intensified the bouquet and aromatics and gave it a kiss of floral sweetness.

Now for the reviews:

The crowd at RC’s that night were panting with anticipation and weren’t disappointed. The Chardonnay was the buzz that night for sure.

The pro’s have had a whack at this wine too, with The Tasting Panel having reviewed it:

The Tasting Panel – May 2010
“Although the wine is already sold out, we just had to report on the DAOU Vineyards 2008 Paso Robles Chardonnay. The DAOU’s first vintage of this varietal proves what this Central Coast region – and the DAOU wine making techniques – are capable of: lemon chiffon unctuousness with a billowy texture like a weighty cloud of butterscotch pudding. A concentrated richness is the key to its future age-worthiness, while an underscored earthy, rustic, mineral quality makes you believe in the magic of this sunny climate.” 96 Points.

I couldn’t say it better than they did other than to tell you it was a glass full of butterscotch kisses and is now my house white!