2008 Darioush Signature Merlot * Napa Valley

Rocky, well-drained volcanic soil, a marine inuence and the due east sun exposure describes the terroir of our unique Mt. Veeder estate. Vineyards planted on the steep hillside balance the ripeness and yield of one of the most vigorous of the Bordeaux varietals—providing the fruit and resulting wine, with great depth, texture and aromatic complexity.

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About This Wine:


Composition:      
90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
Appellation:  
Darioush Estate Vineyards, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll, Mt. Veeder
Cooperage:  
Aged 22 months in 70% new French oak barrels from Troncais and Allier forests
Winemaker:  
Steve Devitt
Availability:  
846 Cases

Tasting Notes:

The moderate 2008 growing season yielded small amounts of mature, highly-concentrated Merlot. The resulting wine offers a profile of dense, expressive dark fruit– black raspberry, cherry and dried fig supported by a tight core of dark cocoa, licorice and cola. Sweet, succulent tannins add textural complexity, while a beautiful, long finish reveals notes of rosemary, cinnamon and graham cracker.

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