Vintrust SOMM Selections Rates Cabernet Sauvignon & Russian River Chardonnay
2005 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Aroma - Tahitian vanilla, creme de cassis 15
Flavor - layers of plum, espresso, cream 15
Structure - complex, supple, ripe 14
Length - very long, forward finish 15
Balance - extremely well balanced 34
$79 | Drink: 2010-2025 | Score 93
"The cool consistent growing season in 2005 provided extended hang-time and even ripening, resulting in highly developed, concentrated flavors from the fruit on Darioush's three estate vineyards."
2005 Signature Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
Aroma - bright apple, mineral, lemon 15
Flavor - mineral, citrus, allspice 15
Structure - crisp, silky full body 14
Length - very long, lemon curd, oak 15
Balance - beautifully balanced, elegant 35
$48 | Drink: 2008-2016| Score 94
"Darioush's Chardonnay is aged in traditional French oak, retaining its chalky minerality and bright citrus flavors. If you can find this wine, grab it. It always sells out."
2006 Signature Chardonnay Receives 91 Points ~ Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator Insider, Vol. 4, No. 18
2006 Darioush Signature Chardonnay, Napa Valley - Rated 91 | $41.
'A well-executed mix of tight, focused pear, melon, spice and apricot flavors framed by light toasty, cedary oak, ending with a long, persistent finish that gains subtle flavor nuances. Drink now through 2011. 1,880 cases made.—J.L.'
2005 Signature Russian River Pinot Noir Receives 92 Points ~ Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator Insider, Vol. 4, No. 17
2005 Darioush Signature Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley - Rated 92 | $48.
'Elegant and stylish, with complex layers of ripe plum, blackberry, fresh earth and savory herbal scents. Sharply focused, intense and concentrated, with a long finish. Drink now through 2012. 425 cases made.—J.L.'
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2005 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Receives 93 Points
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - April, 2008
"A highly distinctive wine. Likely to be memorable."
“Once again, Darioush races to the top of the listings with a big, rich, hedonistically overachieving Cabernet, but unlike last year’s 3 star winner, this one is somewhat tighter and age-demanding than its predecessor. It is in the nature of the 2005 vintage that it seems to produce somewhat less lush, plush wines, and there are those who will applaud and those who will miss the genuine juiciness of Darioush’s 2004. Because this wine seems to have a foot in two camps, we see more to like in the 2004, but there is no reason not to like this one as well.” 93 Points | $80
"Limited Production." "Medium red, balanced, good depth, medium tannin, beef and lamb." "Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine."
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2007 Japan Wine Challenge
Darioush Awarded Two Gold Medals - Japan Wine Challenge Magazine, Volume 17
The 10th Japan Wine Challenge took place at the Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo from Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th July 2007. With around 1,700 wines from 22 different countries, the Japan Wine Challenge is now firmly established as Asia’s most prestigious wine competition.
2004 Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon - Gold Medal "Dark ruby colour with good weight and bright glossy appearance. Ripe blackcurrant fruit, fragrant spices, hints of chocolate and a powerful but balanced oak bouquet. The palate shows great balance between the sweet and spicy flavours and the fine-grained, almost dusty tannins."
2004 Darioush Signature Shiraz - Gold Medal
"Deep ruby and crimson. An elegant and restrained nose feauring violets and licorice alongside the ripe berry fruit aromas. A well balanced palate with masses of fruit and complexity without jamminess."