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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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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.

The Art

2014

The art adorning 2014 Darius II depicts the tradition of the Saghi, or Wine Bearer, an influential and heralded position in the ancient Persian Royal courts, among aristocrats, in wine houses and in mystical and religious traditions over a thousand years old. The Saghi were experts in the art and custom of hospitality, hosting and wine service. More, they were bearers of knowledge and inspiration, confidantes, muses and guides — embodying mysticism and beauty, a reflection

of the Divine. In her beauty and wisdom, the Saghi possessed transcendent often angelic qualities, representing the fleeting nature of life and embodying the intoxicating and enlightening effects of wine. Described as originally hanging in the Shah’s palace in Tehran and painted by an unknown artist in the early 1800s, the artwork was acquired by Victoria and Albert Museum in 1876.

Current Release

2014 Darius II

The Crown Jewel of the Darioush estate, Darius II captures the diverse and exquisite beauty within each vintage. With an uncompromising commitment to crafting a wine with complexity, composure and refinement, Darius II is the hallmark of the Darioush style.


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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.

Tasting notes

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.

Composition

91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Malbec

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

Availability

Exclusively for First Offering Members

Price

$245

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The Art

2013

In a culture-bridging gesture intended to build recognition for Persian Arts in the West, a gift of 74 exemplary textile works was delivered to the South Kensington Museum, now the Victoria and Albert Museum, from the Shah of Iran in 1877. The gift which now adorns 2013 Darius II, is a masterwork of silk tapestry dyeing, weaving and needlework technique that has evolved over centuries.

Brought to Ancient Persia via the Silk Road from Central Asia, use of metal threads and brilliantly dyed silk thrived since the Sassanian Empire of the 1st C. AD when silk worms were introduced to the region. Color was as meaningful as technique – here, rich indigo symbolizes the sky and eternity, while yellow dyes produced by saffron, turmeric, sumac and pomegranate skins signify piety.

Previous Vintage

2013 Darius II

The Crown Jewel of the Darioush estate, Darius II captures the diverse and exquisite beauty within each vintage. With an uncompromising commitment to crafting a wine with complexity, composure and refinement, Darius II is the hallmark of the Darioush style. The 2013 vintage rewards our decades-long pursuit of producing wines with remarkable seamlessness, grace and power from Southern Napa Valley.

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"This is a stunner and compelling, a powerful, classic Cabernet Sauvignon with an opaque purple color and notes of incense... It is long and rich, with an extra dimension... This wine is accessible now, but should be even better after 3-4 years of cellaring and last 25 or more years." - Robert Parker, Jr. | Rated 96

Tasting Notes

Exhibiting a classic Cabernet Sauvignon varietal profile from its cool, marine-influenced Mount Veeder origins, this exceptional vintage provides alluring aromatics. Black cherry, incense and Tuscan leather intermingle with saturated dark fruits; a dense, savory, earthbound entry transitions seamlessly into flavors of blackberry pie and bittersweet cocoa with notes of cinnamon and sage. Even at a youthful stage, ripe and refined tannins indicate the potential for immediate as well as long term gratification. A long, cascading finish reveals a beautifully composed wine with a lifted quality that has become synonymous with Darius II.

Composition

90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 4% Merlot

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

Wine Fact Sheet

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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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