2004 Darioush Signature Merlot * Napa Valley

Harvesting only intensely ripe fruit from low yielding vineyards on both the Darioush Estate and hillsides of Mt. Veeder provides this 2004 Signature Merlot with depth, texture and aromatic complexities. Introduced by sweet spice, perfumed violets, and wild berries, the palate unfolds with black cherries and a rich dark chocolate core.

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Harvesting only intensely ripe fruit from low yielding vineyards on both the Darioush Estate and hillsides of Mt. Veeder provides our Merlot with depth, texture and aromatic complexities. Vineyard sites in cooler climates develop red fruit characteristics and a smoky-earth ‘signature.’

Introduced by sweet spice, perfumed violets, and wild berries, the palate unfolds with black cherries and a rich dark chocolate core. Approachable in its youth, this Merlot will age gracefully for 5-8 years.

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

Vinification
• Meticulous attention to detail in vineyard and cellar
• Hand-harvested into small 28 lb baskets
• Hand-sorted twice, before and after de-stemming
• Fermentation includes cold soaking for 4 days, with gentle pump-overs and extended maceration for optimal color extraction and tannin management
• Barrel lots were racked 2-3 times per year for clarity with minimal handling

Composition: 92% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Darioush Estate Vineyards - Napa Valley, Oak Knoll, Mt. Veeder
Cooperage: Aged 24 months in 70% new French oak barrels; 3 year seasoned Tronçais and Allier Forests, Bordeaux
Winemaker: Steve Devitt
Production: 954 cases
Release Price: $44.00

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