Robb Report's Best of the Best 2014: Domestic White Wines: Darioush 2012 Signature Viognier


 "The Darioush winery on Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail is utterly unique, and not only for of its architecture, which combines a romantic vision of the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis with the streamlined, steel-and-glass vernacular of a contemporary nightclub. These elements reflect the multifaceted personality of the winery’s owner, Darioush Khaledi, a longtime wine enthusiast and collector who emigrated to the United States in the late 1970s from the Shiraz region of Iran. Khaledi’s blending of cultures and tradition with innovative thinking influences not only the building but also the character of the wines, which are classically structured yet extravagant in their flourishes. The Darioush 2012 Signature Viognier, for example, is perfumed with mimosa, tangerine blossom, and lemongrass, and its fleshy texture complements its flavors of pear, peach, honeycomb, and candied ginger. Still, this riotous array of sensations combines on the finish to strike a sustained and satisfying chord of gentle acidity."  — Brett Anderson (

2011 Signature Viognier | Rated 93

logo_wine_connoisseurs_guide.gif Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - March 2013

"It has seemed to us that the best Viogniers, whether from here or elsewhere, are wines of succulence, size and generous fruit. This deep, very well-endowed working more than supports the argument, and its ample infusion of oak adds a distinctive bit of richness all its own. Full and firm and nicely balanced for the big wine that it is, it ends with a flourish of citrus, stones and sweet spice, and its solidity suggests that it will grow for a few years and hold for a good many more."  

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Robb Report's Best of the Best 2012: Domestic White Wines: Darioush 2010 Signature Viognier


 "Nothing about Darioush, one of Napa Valley’s most impressive wineries, is restrained. The building is an epic structure of glass and Persian travertine that rises up from among rows of impeccably tended vines along Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail. It reflects not only the heritage of its owner, vintner Darioush Khaledi, who immigrated to the United States from Iran in the 1970s, but also the style of winemaker Steve Devitt’s wines, which are bold yet classically inspired. The Darioush 2010 Signature Viognier is suffused with essences of crisp green apple, creamy pear, orange blossom, nectarine, and honeysuckle."  

— Brett Anderson 


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Last Call on 2009 Signature Viognier

logo_wine_spectator.gif   12 California Whites for $40 or Less
New reviews of a dozen terrific Golden State whites for spring
MaryAnn Worobiec
Wine Spectator Online , February 28, 2011
"This week we showcase a dozen white wines from the Golden State to tempt you into thinking spring is nearly here. There are some terrific Chardonnays, Viogniers, Rhône blends and a “kitchen sink”-style white at a buy-by-the-case price. All of these recommendations come in at $40 and under."

Darioush 2009 Signature Viognier, Napa Valley          Rated 90 | $39

"Very refreshing, showing a lip-smacking acidity that gives a fresh, vibrant feel to the apricot, peach, nectarine and citrus flavors.  Wonderful purity and persistence mark the finish, punctuated by a terrific sleekness. --M.W."

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2009 Viognier Rated 90

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Darioush 2009 Signature Viognier, Napa Valley         
"Very refreshing, showing a lip-smacking acidity that gives a fresh, vibrant feel to the apricot, peach, nectarine and citrus flavors.  Wonderful purity and persistence mark the finish, punctuated by a terrific sleekness.--M.W."

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 2006 Darioush Signature Viognier, Napa Valley, California, USA

'I discovered Darioush Khaledi's wines last year and have been really impressed.  The acidity will keep this Viognier fresh for a good few years -- they are some of the brightest around. 2009-2012.'                                                                                                - James Hocking

Darioush Signature Viognier - Best of the Best

Robb Report Best of the Best

"A Taste for the Unusual" by ROBB REPORT, Brett Anderson

"One of the most unusual and delightful of Darioush winemaker Steve Devitt's wines is the fascinating and ethereal Viognier, which combines concentration with an oddly elusive, otherworldly quality that makes one think of sunlight and moonlight blended. Thick with heady scents of jasmine, orange blossom, and honeysuckle, the Darioush 2004 Signature Viognier produces an intense, lush melon flavor on the palate before evaporating in a finish as delicate as a mirage.”

Darioush Signature Viognier, Best of the Best - Domestic White Wines: by Brett Anderson

Robb Report Robb Report For the Luxury Lifestyle - June 2005

"The 2003 Darioush Viognier Napa Valley possesses texture and flavors so concentrated, the wine almost suggests a honey made from the pollen of honeydew melon, jasmine, citrus blossom, and honeysuckle. Amazingly, this Rhone-style white is not especially sweet; rather it pools luxuriously on the palate, then, like a summer raindrop, evaporates refreshingly.”

Darioush Signature Viognier, the host's essential guide for the Holidays.

Robb Report   Robb Report For the Luxury Lifestyle Nov.2004

Celebration in Style: The Host's Essential Guide for the Holidays "Wine": by Brett Anderson
This California Shiraz is a hugely vanilla, coffee-roasted aroma followed by a silky blueberry taste laced with pepper and cigar box.
ON THE WILD SIDE ~ When our merciless superego gains the upper hand, we must restore equilibrium by unleashing the id. What better way to achieve this aim than to uncork some truly wild wines?...
Darioush Viognier Napa Valley 2003 ~ An exhilarating condensation of honeydew melon, jasmine, citrus blossom, and honeycomb."

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