2001 Darioush Signature Merlot * Napa Valley

Penetrating aromas of ripe mulberry and black currant fruit with lovely chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Richly flavored with incredible power, depth and richness. A delight from an exquisite vintage. 825 cases produced.

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Penetrating aromas of ripe mulberry and black currant fruit with lovely chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Richly flavored with incredible power, depth and richness. A delight from an exquisite vintage. 825 cases produced.

Release Date:Spring 2004
The 2001 Growing Season:The 2001 harvest was early, lighter in quantity and of very high quality. These lower yields and the long even growing season allowed the fruit to gain more concentrated flavors. The cool fall weather that followed helped the grapes develop balanced flavors and full varietal maturity.
Vineyard Location:

100% Darioush Winery Estate

Varietal Composition:100% Merlot
Brix @ Harvest: 24.5
Alcohol:14.0%
Cooperage:100% French Oak - Chateau Traditional; Alliers, Troncais Medium Toast.
Vinification:Small lot, destemming, with 30% whole berry. Cold soaking for 48-56 hours in small fermentors. Pumped over through primary fermentation until completion. 28 days post alcoholic fermentation maceration. Pressed fraction kept separate. Pumped into barrels after 48 hours of settling. Aged 22 months in French Oak with barrel to barrel racking. Bottled with minimal handling.
Food Affinities:An opulent complement to roasted rack of lamb, spicy Italian sausage, herb-encrusted ahi tuna, roasted pork, hearty beef stews and aged cheeses.
Winemaker's Comments:Penetrating aromas of ripe mulberry and black currant fruit with lovely chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Richly flavored with incredible power, depth and richness. A delight from an exquisite vintage. 825 cases produced.

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