2009 Signature Merlot | Rated 92

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

"Rarely restrained and never timid, the wines of Darioush are typically unstinting in richness, and this one shows the indelible family stamp. It is very deep and absolutely brimming with juicy, black cherry fruit, and is broadly sweetened with caramelly oak. And, while it is a touch hot and undeniably ripe, it never threatens to be too much of a good thing. It is, in fact, pretty well-balanced for the weighty, comparatively plush wine that it is. It is not built with an eye to twenty years in the cellar, but its structure ensures a half decade of positive growth at the least."  

2stars CGCW_1.gif  Rated 92


2007 Signature Merlot | Rated 90

wine_enthusiast_logo.png  Wine Enthusiast Magazine - May 2011

"Rich and extracted in sweet cherry and blackberry tart filling, with sweet notes of caramelized oak.  A lush, rewarding Merlot perfect for drinking now and over the next several years with its natural partner, a fine grilled steak.--S.H."


2006 Merlot Receives 93 Rating and Highest Praise

logo_wine_connoisseurs_guide.gif Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - March 2010

2stars CGCW_1.gif "A highly distinctive wine. Likely to be memorable"

"Taking its accustomed placement at the forefront of wines whose concern for richness is paramount, the new Darioush Merlot is an immense, highly extracted offering whose extravagant oak is comfortably married to equally extravagant ripe-cherry fruit. It is absolutely brimming with a stunning array of both sweet and savory spices, and, while quite full in body, it surprises by staying in balance even as grippy tannins take hold at the finish. While so rich and seductive as to justify drinking now with the likes of well-seasoned lamb, it is far from reaching its best and should be held for five or more years."   Rated 93 | $48.

sym_1.gif"Limited Production."   sym_B.gif "Medium red, balanced, good depth, medium tannin, beef and lamb"  CG.bmp "Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine."

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2005 Merlot Receives 95 Rating from Connoisseurs' Guide

logo_wine_connoisseurs_guide.gif Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - November, 2008

3stars_CGCW.gif An exceptional wine. Worth a special search of the market.

Darioush has carved out its niche as a producer of expressive, big-bodied wines, and its latest Merlot is among the deepest and most flamboyant bottlings to be found. High in sweet oak and sporting an immense measure of keenly focused, incredibly rich and succulent varietal fruit, the wine is weighty without being heavy or in any way beholden to runaway ripeness. It is eminently ageworthy and is certain to reward patient cellaring of five years or more, but it is so rich as to be wholly enjoyable now.  95 Points  | $48

  CG.bmp "Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine." sym_B.gif"Medium red, balanced, good depth, medium tannin, beef and lamb."sym_1.gif"Limited Production."


2004 Signature Merlot Awarded 93 Points by Connoisseurs' Guide

logo_wine_connoisseurs_guide.gif Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - March, 2007

2stars CGCW_1.gif "A highly distinctive wine. Likely to be memorable."

The winery hallmarks of generous oak, unabashed ripeness and high extract are fully apparent here, but it is voluptuous, keenly defined fruit that moves the wine to the head of the class. Richly appointed with ripe cherries and laced with sweet, creme brulee qualities from first to last, it never crosses into overripeness and maintains remarkable balance given its out-and-out opulence. It invites near-term drinking, but a few years of cellaring will bring even more polish and complexity. 93 points | $44.

sym_1.gif"Limited Production." sym_B.gif"Medium red, balanced, good depth, medium tannin, beef and lamb." Cellar.gif "Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging."


2003 Signature Merlot Awarded 90 Points by Connoisseurs' Guide

logo_wine_connoisseurs_guide.gif Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine - March, 2007

sym_1star.gif "Fine example of a type or style of wine. Without notable flaws."

Just dripping with opulent richness, this outgoing wine combines abundant sweet black-cherry fruitiness with a lavish layer of lovely oak. Mouthfilling in palateweight and supple in texture, it comes loaded with deep flavors of the kind that can overwhelm simple meats, this bottling needs to be served alongside savory, melt-in-your mouth dishes like meaty short ribs or wine-braised beef cheeks over the next few years. 90 points | $44.

sym_1.gif"Limited Production." sym_B.gif"Medium red, balanced, good depth, medium tannin, beef and lamb." CG.bmp "Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine."


Darioush Signature Merlot Napa Valley, selected as top 100 wines in the world.

Decanter Decanter - March 2006

* * * * "Highly Recommended, Very good to excellent."

Darioush 2002 Signature Merlot selected with 6 other wines to represent the United States in "Around the world in 100 wines..."

"Very opulent perfumed style. Fruit with lots of flowers, spice and perfumes. Good for spiced strong foods. 2-10 years"


Darioush 2002 Signature Merlot Napa Valley, selected as top 100 wines in the world.

Decanter Decanter - March 2006

* * * * "Highly Recommended - Very good to excellent."

Darioush 2002 Signature Merlot selected with 6 other wines to represent the United States in "Around the world in 100 wines..."

"Very opulent perfumed style. Fruit with lots of flowers, spice and perfumes. Good for spiced strong foods. 2-10 years."


Darioush Signature Merlot Napa Valley

logo_TorontoSunlogo.gif Toronto Sun, Get ready for the Fall Classics - October 2004

"I wasn’t that impressed with the California section beyond the usual suspects. But I will be checking out the Darioush Merlot Signature 2001 from the Napa Valley at $65. This new winery is turning heads with its shiraz and cabs, both of which I have happily tasted." Rick VanSickle


Darioush Signature Merlot Napa Valley

Wine Connoisseurs Guide Connoisseurs' Guide - May 2004

"Here is a nicely mannered Merlot whose ripe and well-defined fruit is met step for step with lots of sweet and creamy oak. A wine of polish more than one of potency, it comes with enough muscle to keep it fit for several years, yet its very keen sense of balance and proportion allow for near-term enjoyment with a broiled rack of lamb." 90 Points

Darioush Signature Merlot

The Wall Street Journal
Friday December 27, 2003
From Tastings by Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher
"This was the single most memorable wine from our trip to Napa and Sonoma tasting rooms last summer and the best Merlot we tasted all year. It was dark and very intense, with such rich, massive fruit that it should be chewed. Merlot, Chardonnay and Viognier from Darioush were all among our favorites in 2003, giving us a whole new winery to get excited about."

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Taos News Weekly  The Taos News - October 2004

"At the risk of offending the Merlot Lovers Society of Planet Earth, I must state that, for the most part, merlot is merlot. Sure, there are a couple of cult wines that are truly super (Darioush, Behrens & Hitchcock…) that deliver the goods..." Ken Collura




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