Robb Report's Best of the Best 2012: Domestic White Wines: Darioush 2010 Signature Viognier
"Nothing about Darioush, one of Napa Valley’s most impressive wineries, is restrained. The building is an epic structure of glass and Persian travertine that rises up from among rows of impeccably tended vines along Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail. It reflects not only the heritage of its owner, vintner Darioush Khaledi, who immigrated to the United States from Iran in the 1970s, but also the style of winemaker Steve Devitt’s wines, which are bold yet classically inspired. The Darioush 2010 Signature Viognier is suffused with essences of crisp green apple, creamy pear, orange blossom, nectarine, and honeysuckle."
— Brett Anderson
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2008 Signature Shiraz | Rated 91
Wine Spectator Magazine, February 2012
"Smoky, charcoal and rich berry flavors have a sanguine edge, at points hinting at flesh yet clamping down with muscle-bound tannins. Needs time and should reward, yet there's plenty of extracted fruit in this. Best from 2014 through 2024.--J.L."
2009 Signature Chardonnay | Rated 90
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - January 2012
"Although exhibiting all of the very rich oak that we have come to expect from Darioush Chardonnays, this latest is built along much firmer lines than the winery model predicts. It has a good amount of depth, solid fruit and layered richness, and, if a little too stiff and tightly wound for drinking just now, it is structured for aging and will need a few years in the cellar before finding its best form." Rated 90
"Limited Production." "Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine." "Light Red and powerhouse White. Fowl, veal and light meats."
2008 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon | Rated 91
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - December 2011
"More often than not, Darioush Cabernets are among those that take ripeness and rich oak to the limit, but the 2008 version seems to be ever so slightly reined in and is principally guided by lots of very well-stated fruit. There is plenty of oak, to be sure, and the wine is not wanting in ripeness, yet it is the balance and equanimity of its parts that makes it so attractive now, just as its solidity and structure and firm, finely fit tannins are the sure guarantors of great longevity." Rated 91
"Generally available in most markets". "Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging." "Medium Red. Balanced, good depth, medium tannin. Beef and lamb."
2007 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon ~ One of the Year's Most Exciting Wines
“Every year since 1988, Wine Spectator has compiled a list of the most exciting wines we’ve reviewed over the past 12 months. These 100 wines reflect significant trends, recognize outstanding producers and spotlight successful regions and vintages around the world.
In 2011, our list was selected from more than 16,000 new releases our editors rated in our independent blind tastings. More than 5,400 of these wines earned outstanding or classic ratings (90 points or higher on Wine Spectator's 100-point scale). We narrowed the list down based on four criteria: quality (represented by score); value (reflected by release price); availability (measured by cases made or imported); and what we call the “X-factor”–the excitement generated by a rising-star producer, a benchmark wine or a significant milestone for a wine region. But no equation determines the final selections: These choices reflect our editors’ judgment and passion about the wines we tasted." - Wine Spectator
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