Daniel Daou in pursuit of $100 bottle of wine
The Pacific Coast Business Times reports Friday that a Paso Robles winemaker is pursuing the “holy grail” of California vintners: A cabernet sauvignon or Bordeaux that can fetch $100 a bottle. Daniel Daou of Daou Vineyards in Paso Robles is the winemaker with the dream.
“He’s getting so close he can literally taste it,” write Henry Dubroff, publisher of the Pacific Coast Business Times. “Following in the footsteps of price-leading pioneers such as Justin Baldwin, Daou has been painstakingly tearing out the commodity-grade vines in his west Paso Robles fields and planting specialized vines with more limited production,” he writes.
“Daou and a few others, notably the venerable wine writer Robert Parker, think that $100-a-bottle reds from North San Luis Obispo County are not an impossible dream,” Dubroff writes.
“The boom in premium priced wines coming from Paso Robles has been greeted with a degree of skepticism elsewhere in the Tri-Counties, particularly in Santa Barbara County, which is traditionally the place where winemakers sought premium prices for their pinot noirs, chardonnays and other varietals,” he writes.