2004 Shiraz makes Robb Report Magazine's Best of the Best 2008
"The Darioush Winery, as viewed from Napa Valley's Silverado Trail, suggests what one discovers at once when one tastes the wines: They are like nothing else from the region. The recently completed winery complex resembles a temple of Persian travertine and tinted glass rising up from the valley floor. The building is a fascinating amalgam of ancient motifs and cutting-edge technology--an apt expression, in many respects, of the personality of its owner, Darioush Khaledi, who founded the winery in 1997. Having grown up in the Shiraz region of Iran, where Syrah originated, Khaledi has always harvored a particular passion for this grape, and he brings to his winemaking project a deep sense of tradition, as well as an entrepreneur's enthusiasm for innovation.
The Darioush Signature Shiraz Napa Valley 2004 (www.darioush.com, $64) combines the essence of Shiraz-- earthiness and substantial structure-- with the ripeness and concentration that characterizes the wines of Napa. Indeed, the perfume of this intense red wine, redolent of plum and wild berries, is almost enough to satisfy on its own; but to merely nose this wine would be to deny oneself the pleasure of its complex, lush flavors and satiny texture. --B.A."
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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