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2003 California Cabernet Retrospective

logo_wine_spectator.gif   Wine Spectator Magazine, July 2013

 Darioush 2003 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon | Rated 93

"Firm, dense and powerful, this is very complete, with a range of well-focused dark berry, spice, dried herb, cedar and graphite notes. Ends with a dash of mocha and pleasantly chewy tannins.—2003 California Cabernet blind retrospective (July 2013). Drink now through 2024. 4,795 cases made. –JL"

2009 Signature Cabernet Franc | Rated 91

logo_wine_connoisseurs_guide.gif Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - May 2013

"There is a fine, insistent fruity presence about this rich, very deep Cabernet Franc, and the wine is outfitted with all of the enticing, sweet-oak extras that we have come to expect from Darioush, but it steps back from the brink of excess and shows a bit of polish along with its ample stuffing. It is big-bodied and big-boned with a good bit of sturdy tannin, but, just as it is not soft or overly ripe, neither is it is overly tough, and all that it needs is a half-dozen years to grow into its worth-waiting-for best."  2stars CGCW_1.gif  Rated 91

2009 Signature Merlot | Rated 92

logo_wine_connoisseurs_guide.gif Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - March 2013

"Rarely restrained and never timid, the wines of Darioush are typically unstinting in richness, and this one shows the indelible family stamp. It is very deep and absolutely brimming with juicy, black cherry fruit, and is broadly sweetened with caramelly oak. And, while it is a touch hot and undeniably ripe, it never threatens to be too much of a good thing. It is, in fact, pretty well-balanced for the weighty, comparatively plush wine that it is. It is not built with an eye to twenty years in the cellar, but its structure ensures a half decade of positive growth at the least."  

2stars CGCW_1.gif  Rated 92

2011 Signature Viognier | Rated 93

logo_wine_connoisseurs_guide.gif Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - March 2013

"It has seemed to us that the best Viogniers, whether from here or elsewhere, are wines of succulence, size and generous fruit. This deep, very well-endowed working more than supports the argument, and its ample infusion of oak adds a distinctive bit of richness all its own. Full and firm and nicely balanced for the big wine that it is, it ends with a flourish of citrus, stones and sweet spice, and its solidity suggests that it will grow for a few years and hold for a good many more."  

2stars CGCW_1.gif  Rated 93

Napa & Sonoma Cabernet 2009



Decanter Magazine, February 2013

Decanter Recommends 2009 Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

"An almost floral element to the nose.  Broad, lush, opulent, full-bodied, with black fruits and hefty tannins that give a chocolatey tone..."

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