2007 Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon | Rated 94
WA#187 (Feb 2010)
"The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Darius II is more tightly knit and restrained aromatically, but what is there is impressive. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by aromas of graphite, spring flowers, black currants, and sweet black cherries. The wine hits the palate with tremendous opulence, richness, and intensity. The complexity does not yet equal the 2006, but there is more to it. The texture is richer, the finish is longer, and the seamlessness of the wine’s overall personality is flawless. This beauty should hit its peak in 3-4 years, and last 20-25." - Robert Parker
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'Outstanding' Review for 2007 Estate Caravan
Wine Advocate #186 - December, 2009
"A terrific bargain in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and the rest equal parts Petit Verdot and Malbec offers a subtle toasty oak note intermixed with espresso roast, chocolate, black currants, and black cherries. It possesses soft, velvety tannins, medium to full body, and beautiful purity, texture, and length. Approachable now, it should evolve easily for 15 or more years. This is a sleeper of the vintage." -Robert Parker Rating: 90 | $40.
A 91 Rating for 2006 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - December 2009
"A highly distinctive wine. Likely to be memorable"
"9% Merlot; 3% Cabernet Franc; 3% Malbec. Taking its usual place near the head of the class as far as sheer opulence and lavish oak are concerned, this year's offering from Darioush is as hedonistic and voluptuous as ever with so much deep fruit that it finds success in a style where success does not always come easy. Some will no doubt find it a bit over the top, but it has the balance and structure to improve with age, and it will never be accused of being wimpy or wan." 91 Points | $80
"Cellar for future drinking. Will improve with bottle aging" "Medium red, balanced, good depth, medium tannin, beef and lamb""Generally available in most markets."
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1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Rated 92 in Retrospective Tasting
Wine Spectator - November, 2009
1999 Darioush Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley - Rated 92
"Complex and distinctive, this big, ripe and balanced red shows a mix of dried currant, blackberry, black cherry, lead pencil and mineral. Gets more interesting on the finish, where the earthy, leathery scents are more prominent. 1999 California Cabernet blind retrospective (2009). Drink now through 2014. 2,443 cases made. –JL"
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91 Rating for 2006 Shiraz
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - November, 2009
"A highly distinctive wine. Likely to be memorable."
“...we fully confess to being quite impressed by this absolutely opulent Syrah, and its amazing richness and fruity depth are compensation enough for its excesses. It is an immense wine by any and all standards, and it is bound overpower all but the most flavorful foods, yet over the next decade it is sure to shine with the likes of slow-cooked, garlicky lamb stews." 91 Points | $68.
"Limited Production." "Robust Red. Full tannin, intense flavors. For highly spiced meat dishes.." "Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine."