Late Harvest Shahpar
2015 Darius II
Though lower in yield than the three ample vintages preceding it, 2015 will be remembered as a year of superb quality for our estate-grown wines, and for many Napa Valley AVAs. A warmer than average winter and climatic conditions at bloom resulted in a shy-bearing vintage overall, yet, as the season progressed it was evident that vibrancy and intensity would distinguish this vintage. Our hillside sites benefitted from slower ripening and longer hang-time. Diurnal temperature swings were vital, consistently warm sunny days followed by cool evenings further intensified flavor while retaining freshness and gradually ripening tannin. Situated on the southern end of the valley, our old-vine Apadana Block Cabernet Sauvignon showed highly concentrated flavors and remarkable depth of character early, resulting in one of the earliest harvests on record.
“Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Darius II has a black forest cake and crème de cassis-scented nose with notions of grilled bread, sautéed herbs, cardamom and cedar chest...” - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate | Rated 91-93
“Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Darius II has a black forest cake and crème de cassis-scented nose with notions of grilled bread, sautéed herbs, cardamom and cedar chest...”- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate | Rated 91-93
2015 Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon echoes the remarkable seamlessness of its predecessors while expressing the vibrancy and generous fruit characteristic of the 2015 vintage. The wines predominantly hillside provenance is revealed in layers of blackberry liqueur, licorice and espresso, with savory, energetic notes of Darjeeling tea and dried orange peel adding further complexity. The soft, ripe and well-integrated tannins add plushness and texture; Darius II finishes long and persistent with notes of incense, sweet oak, and dried herbs.