92 POINTS! Wine Enthusiast, 2016 Vintage
"There's no doubt that the Daou brothers aim for a richer style on their Chardonnay than most Central Coast growers, but each vintage is an evolution that brings more nuance to the bottling. This starts with lemon syrup, butterscotch and plumeria on the nose, while the palate starts and finished with penetrating mandarin-rind-powered acidity that cuts through flavors of vanilla, crème brûlée, cashew and roasted marshmallow."
91 POINTS! Wilfred Wong, 2015 Vintage
"Make no mistake about the 2015 Daou Reserve Chardonnay. This wine is strictly a New World effort. This wine shows excellent density and fullness on the palate. Its ripe fruit and creamy finish pair it well with grilled halibut in a savory wine reduction sauce."
91 POINTS! Wine Enthusiast, 2013 Vintage
"Nutty barrel smoke emerges first, then the fruits trend toward tropical, with pineapple and guava tones. Buttercream and salted caramel are laced throughout the palate, where vanilla ash flavors on the midpalate are balanced by bitter apple skins and Meyer lemon pith on the backend."