2003 Darioush Signature Merlot * Napa Valley

Consistent with past vintages, the 2003 Darioush Signature Merlot maintains its distinctive style with fruit from our three estate vineyards, each providing unique flavor characteristics and textures to the finished wine.

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Our Ashley and Estate vineyards near the winery provide lush black cherry fruit, fullness to the mid-palate and bittersweet chocolate nuances. Our Mt. Veeder Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, located at 1600 elevation, provide concentration and a mineral-earth texture consistent with mountain-grown fruit. A perfume of violets and blueberries is provided by small additions of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Attentive vineyard management and fruit sorting yielded nearly 30% less than previous vintages.

Appellation: Darioush Estate vineyards in Oak Knoll, Mt. Veeder and Napa Valley

Blend: 94% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot

Release Date: January 2006

Production: 812 cases

Food Affinities: Grilled rack of lamb, spicy Italian sausage, pan-roasted duck-breast, herb-encrusted ahi tuna and aged cheeses.

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