Dover Canyon Winery
Dan Panico is the winemaker and owner of Dover Canyon Winery. Mr. Panico limits his annual production to 2,500 cases a year which is far below demand. But this allows him to retain his artisanal, hand-crafted approach.
Prior to establishing his own venture, Panico made wines for Gary Eberle at Eberle Winery; another excellent Paso Robles winery. Mr. Eberle has extremely high praise for Panico: “Dan is the first assistant I ever granted the full title of winemaker. I could trust him implicitly.”
The winery specializes in old vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec. Dover Canyon’s hillside vineyards are planted in very well-drained, calcareous soil. The 2004 Alto Pomar is a deeply flavored wine that is a blend of 36% Mourvedre, 33% Grenache, and 31% Syrah.
The 2003 Bone Lore is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, and 12% Syrah. This is a delightfully balanced wine with 13.8% alcohol. The Syrah works beautifully with the Cab, adding to the mid palate. The Malbec adds gorgeously concentrated pigments.