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Darius II

The crown jewel of the Darioush estate, Darius II is a refined, age-worthy collectible which captures the singular and exceptional qualities of each vintage from our Napa Valley vineyards.

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V & A Museum

The Visual Hallmark of Darius II

In the spirit of sharing, Darioush and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum have joined together to feature ancient traditions in Persian Art. With collections unrivaled in their scope and diversity, the time-honored works selected from the V&A archives span thousands of years of creativity and capture the craftsmanship and integrity of Darius II.

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design. Established in 1852, its founding principle was to make works of art available to all, to educate working people and to inspire designers and manufacturers. The museum and its collections have continued to grow into one of the world’s great resources for the study of art and design; the V&A now houses a permanent collection of 2.3 million objects spanning 5,000 years from ancient times to present day.

Gold and blue tapestry
The Art

2016

The first towns and cities in history grew up along the Silk Roads, where great empires exchanged goods, ideas, languages, and faiths across the thousands of miles that linked the Pacific and Mediterranean with Central Asia and Persia. The 14th-century textile selected to adorn 2016 Darius II exemplifies this rich history and cultural exchange. Woven in Iran with silk and gold thread using a traditional 2-person drawloom, it reflects design influences from the Far East and Italy.

Luxurious fabrics were a staple commodity in international trade at this time, this textile was destined for Europe where it was fashioned into a ceremonial church garment which ensured its preservation, making it one of the largest surviving 14th-century Iranian textiles of its kind.

Current Release

2016 Darius II

The 2016 vintage marks the fifth consecutive year of superb quality for Napa Valley grape growing—a winemaker’s idyll. This vintage’s prestige lies in its small yields of significant density and concentration with nuanced varietal character and soft, ripe tannins.

Fruit grown from our winery estate, at the southern end of the valley floor, revealed textbook ripeness and flavor development. The cooler mountain-side lots— namely Sage Vineyard atop Mount Veeder, and contributing Cabernet Sauvignon-sources from Pritchard Hill, Spring Mountain, and Howell Mountain benefitted from longer hang-time and slow, even ripening on the vine.


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“The 2016 Darius II sparks both hedonistic and cerebral appreciation by exuding profound scents of preserved plums, blackberry compote, blueberry pie...cigar box, Indian spices, fragrant earth, truffles and licorice. Full-bodied, bold and decadently fruited in the mouth, the palate delivers rich black fruit and spicy layers with a firm yet velvety frame and an epically long, earth-laced finish.”

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | Rated 99

Tasting notes

Summoning incredible depth and density with its exquisite opaque color, 2016 Darius II bares its mountainous origins with lovely aromatics— crushed violets, Kirsch, crème de cassis and incense-laced black fruits. Primary flavors of black raspberries, wild blueberries and warm plums usher in an earth-laden core of black truffles, fresh tobacco, licorice and steeped oolong tea.

While luscious and full-bodied, the wine exhibits an effortless tension between decadent fruit, earth tone and vibrant acidity. It’s poised and polished, with a certain finesse that carries across its sturdy frame of fine, seamless tannins. Lively, spiced notes of garam masala rise to punctuate the impressively long finish.

Composition

81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc

Cooperage

Aged 20 months in 100% new Taransaud Chateau Traditional French oak barrels

Winemaker

Steve Devitt - winemaker, Michel Rolland - consulting

Appellation

Sage Vineyard – Mt Veeder, Apadana Block – Darioush Estate, Pritchard Hill, Spring Mountain, Howell Mountain

Availability

Exclusively for First Offering Members

Price

$275

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Linen scarf embroidered with red and orange flowers
The Art

2015

Echoing the intricacy and vibrancy of the 2015 vintage, the label depicts an elaborately embroidered linen scarf from the 18th century, held in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection of Middle Eastern textiles. Explorer Marco Polo, on his 13th century Silk Road journey through Kerman, Iran wrote in his journal of the “excellent needlework in the embroidery of silk stuffs in different colors with figures of beasts and birds, trees and flowers, and a variety of other patterns.”

From the 1720’s onwards, Ottoman embroidery became a genuinely creative art form – new, naturalistic floral motifs were introduced and depicted in great detail. The colors used to embroider this textile were originally bright and vibrant, which have faded over time to pleasing pastel shades.

Previous Vintage

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.

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“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 Wine Advocate | Rated 91-93

Tasting Notes

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.

Composition

86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc

Cooperage

Aged 20 months in 100% new Taransaud Chateau Traditional French oak barrels

Winemaker

Steve Devitt , Michel Rolland - consulting

Appellation

Sage Vineyard – Mt Veeder, Apadana Block – Darioush Estate, Pritchard Hill

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Discover the Art

Since our very first vintage in 1999 a unique work has been selected to adorn Darius II, each highlights an ancient tradition in Persian art.

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