Late Harvest Shahpar
2014 Darius II
The 2014 growing season rewarded with abundant, exceptional quality fruit at harvest. Slightly smaller than average berry sizes and concentrated flavor contributed to the overall quality of the vintage. Despite another unseasonably dry winter, soil moisture was recharged following significant rains in February and March. Warm springtime temperatures persisted through bloom, setting an even and ample crop. Diurnal temperature swings were vital– consistently warm sunny days followed by cool evenings further intensified flavor while retaining freshness and gradually ripening tannin. From veraison to harvest, a long, even, rain-free growing season contributed to remarkable flavor development and textbook chemistries. The vineyards and winery were undisturbed in the earthquake on August 24th, which professed the start to an efficient, fruitful harvest.
"The top cuvée, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Darius II is a serious wine, with a fragrant nose of graphite, blackberry, cassis and hints of toast and chocolate. Full-bodied, with an expansive, savory texture and a long, pure finish." - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate | Rated 94
Bearing the remarkable complexity, poise and seamlessness that has become synonymous with this estate’s crown jewel, 2014 Darius II expresses in equal parts the pure character of its primarily hillside origins and the delicate nuance of an idyllic vintage. On entry, sensational aromas of blueberry, blackcurrants, crème de cassis and spring blooms beckon an intensely voluptuous palate laden with tangy black and blue fruits—black cherry, plum and licorice flavors are framed by soft, finely-knit tannins and an impeccably delicate acidity. The wine is rich and opulent, with persistent notes of leather, tobacco and sandalwood incense adding depth and intrigue. A decadent earthy core of bittersweet cocoa and finely ground espresso lent by mountainside vineyards, is balanced by a fresh, lifted quality; flourishing beautifully in its youth, this wine is sure to reward the patient collector over the next decade or two.