You may have noticed that our friends over at DAOU Vineyards are getting a lot of attention lately. Winemaker Daniel Daou and his brother Georges Daou have been featured across several publications, including The Winepress Magazine and New Times. So what’s all the fuss?
Well, for one thing, Daniel Daou is a legit winemaker, having been mentored Delphine Barboux of Chateau Lascombes in Margaux, as well as Scott McLeod of Rubicon and Coppola. Also, the brothers come from a long line of French farmers, so they understand Old World.
But the main reason the Daou brothers find themselves in the limelight is for the fact that they are championing Paso Robles as a top region for Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux-varietal wines. And they’re not shy about it.
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.
DAOU Vineyards website
You understand that term “every imaginable resource” a little better when you drive up the steep hill to DAOU’s tasting room on Hidden Mountain Road. Unparalleled views of Paso Robles wine country and 60 acres of DAOU vineyards surround the Spanish colonial-style winery. It is an especially exciting time for “the winery in the sky” as the first wines from their estate production have recently been released, to much popular acclaim.
Tasting the Daou family wines, it’s obvious that Daniel and Georges have explored and really believe in the potential of Paso Robles Cabernet. So much so, in fact, that they’ve founded a new group of Cab and Bordeaux producers called the Paso Robles CAB Collective. While this region has been thick with Rhone affection for many years, no group has ever formed around Cabernet and Bordeaux until now. More on that next week.
In the meantime, visit the DAOU Vineyards tasting room at 2777 Hidden Mountain Road in Paso Robles and enjoy the fruits of their labor.