Late Harvest Shahpar
2014 Duel Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon
Grown from two distinct blocks on the Darioush estate in Napa Valley and the Oak Knoll AVA, Duel is the idyllic marriage of two distinguished varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. This unique blend combines the deeply satisfying fruit and earthy minerality of Cabernet Sauvignon with the exotic spice and fresh berry fruits inherent to Darioush Shiraz.
A beguiling and dynamic wine, 2014 Duel opens with floral and spice aromatics reminiscent of violets, dried herbs de Provence and steeped chai tea. This profile persists on the palate, where Shiraz lends a tangle of saturated, sweet plum, tart boysenberry and savory blackberry jam.
A smoky, subtle incense of cinnamon and cigar box adds complexity and intrigue. The wine is sumptuous with a structured frame from Cabernet Sauvignon— yet the fruit and tannins are rich and smooth, making this wine a charmer in its youth but with integrity enough to lay down for several more years.