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2018 Daou Solomon Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir

Light label condition issue

ITEM 8019671 - Removed from a temperature controlled wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Amount Total
$55
Item Sold Amount Date
I8059299 1 $40 Jan 9, 2022
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PRODUCER

Daou

Daou is owned and operated by the brothers Georges and Daniel Daou. The men are engineers who had founded technology companies before starting a winery focused on producing Bordeaux-style wines. Natives of Lebanon, the Daou family fled the war-torn country when the brothers were young, settling for a while in the south of France, where the brothers first became interested in winemaking. Their Paso Robles estate produces red and white wines. The wines earn ratings in the mid- to high 90s. Wine Advocate has written that “along with l'Aventure and Booker, (the Daou brothers) make the finest Bordeaux blends from Paso Robles...”

REGION

United States, California, South Coast, Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria Valley

Santa Barbara County is not an AVA, but a region just south of San Luis Obispo that includes the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley appellations. Wine has been produced in the area since the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted vineyards. It wasn’t until the 1990s, however, that producers focused on growing premier grapes for fine wines. During the 1990s more than 10,000 acres of vineyards were planted, and today there are nearly 20,000 acres of vineyards. The region received a big bump in recognition and prestige when the popular film “Sideways” was shot there in 2004. Because the region is affected by maritime weather, it is relatively cool climate makes it ideal for Chardonnay. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and an increasingly adventuresome number of varietals are also grown successfully in Santa Barbara County.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.