2009 Darioush Signature Merlot * Napa Valley

The unique terroir of our rocky, volcanic, higher-elevation Mt Veeder estate combines a cooler marine inuence and exceptional sun exposure to naturally concentrate, ripen and reduce yields of this vigorous Bordeaux varietal—providing Merlot fruit with greater depth, texture and aromatic complexity.

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About This Wine:

90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
Darioush Estate Vineyards, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll, Mt. Veeder
Aged 22 months in 70% new French oak barrels from Troncais and Allier forests
Steve Devitt
1,390 Cases

Tasting Notes:

Violet, lavender and clove-scented aromas introduce this surprisingly dynamic and well-structured Merlot. Succulent dark plum, fig and blueberry fruits are concentrated and persistent, and intermingle with toasted almond, leather, licorice and earthy spices. Exceptionally balanced and rewardingly complex for Merlot, the wine promises many years of ageing and evolution.

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