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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2008 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon | Rated 90
WA#192 (Dec 2010)
"A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2008 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a dark ruby/purple color along with a lovely perfume of black currants, licorice and spice, an attractive texture, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and elegance combined with substance. This is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon to enjoy over the next 12-15 years." - Robert Parker
A 2001 Vintage Retrospective Tasting
Wine Advocate, Aug 2011
2001 Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon 94+
2001 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 90+
"The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec) reveals a youthful dense, opaque ruby/purple color as well as classic notes of crème de cassis, melted licorice, espresso roast, spice box and a subtle touch of new oak. The tannins are still present, the wine possesses outstanding density and is clearly built for the long haul. It requires 2-4 more years of bottle age and is capable of lasting two decades."
"Even more impressive is the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Darius II, a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Still an infant, this opaque purple-colored wine offers up beautifully sweet loamy soil notes intermixed with crème de cassis, blueberry liqueur and brioche characteristics. There is more minerality in this impressively full-bodied effort along with stunning purity, depth and overall equilibrium. Give it another 4-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 25-30 years. - Robert Parker
The 2001 vintages are sold out, but click to learn more about the current releases of Signature Cabernet Sauvignon and Darius II.
Both wines can be acquired with a First Offering Reservation, or sampled in the private tasting experience, By Invitation Only.