Signature Series

2013 Signature Merlot, Napa Valley

Aromatic complexity and typicity is a hallmark of Darioush Signature Merlot. Our meticulous vineyard practices, the unique microclimates and soils from our Southern Napa Valley vineyards atop Mount Veeder and on the Valley floor naturally restrict, concentrate and carefully ripen this noble Bordeaux variety to coax a plush yet focused wine.

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Tasting notes

Rated 90 | "The 2013 Merlot offers up roasted coffee, chocolate and mocha in a medium to full-bodied, dense and concentrated style. It should drink nicely for 10-12 years at the minimum." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Alluring fragrances of lavender, plum and incense introduce the sleek and statured 2013 Signature Merlot. A juicy core of black cherry, blackberry liqueur, dried raspberry and anise are framed by earth-laden notes of cola bean, graphite and pipe tobacco. Hints of cocoa dust, cinnamon and ground espresso caress the finish. Lent by a significant contribution of mountain-side fruit, its structure and remarkable finely knit, ripe tannins reveal the age-worthiness of this elegant Merlot from a superlative vintage.

Composition

97% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec

Cooperage

Aged 20 months in 75% new French and Hungarian François Frères French oak barrels

Winemaker

Steve Devitt

Appellation

Darioush Estate Vineyard in Napa Valley, Oak Knoll and Mount Veeder

Availability

2,871 cases