1999 Darioush Estate Cabernet Sauvignon * Napa Valley

A classically styled Bordeaux blend with an intense bouquet of cocoa, spicy earth, coffee and just a hint of green tea. Flavors of blackcurrant, ripe blackberries and subtle toasty notes from French Oak aging support the soft but rich tannins. A pleasant, sophisticated Napa Valley wine ready to drink now or to cellar for future enjoyment.

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A classically styled Bordeaux blend with an intense bouquet of cocoa, spicy earth, coffee and just a hint of green tea. Flavors of blackcurrant, ripe blackberries and subtle toasty notes from French Oak aging support the soft but rich tannins. A pleasant, sophisticated Napa Valley wine ready to drink now or to cellar for future enjoyment.

Release Date:Spring 2003.
The 1998 Growing Season:A mild winter with above average rainfall led to an early bud break, a warm summer with cool nights and an early harvest. A beautiful growing year.
Vineyard Location:

Napa Valley:
80% Darioush Estate
10% Stag’s Leap District
10% Rutherford Bench

Varietal Composition:85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 10 % Cabernet Franc
Brix @ Harvest: 24.5°
Alcohol:13.9%
Cooperage:100% French Oak from Chateau Ferre; Central France: Alliers, Troncais and Nevers Forests, Medium Toast
Vinification:Small lot, destemming, with 30% whole berry. Cold soaking for 36-48 hours in small fermentors. Pumped over through primary fermentation until completion. 7-20 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 excellent accompaniment to any pasta dish, savory risotto, lamb, pork, beef, veal, and poultry ­ especially when brown/wine sauces and fresh herbs are included in the recipe.
Winemaker's Comments:A classically styled Bordeaux blend with an intense bouquet of cocoa, spicy earth, coffee and just a hint of green tea. Flavors of blackcurrant, ripe blackberries and subtle toasty notes from French Oak aging support the soft but rich tannins. A pleasant, sophisticated Napa Valley wine ready to drink now or to cellar for future enjoyment.

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