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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

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.

Current Release

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's 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

Availability

Reserve now to receive the 2015 vintage release in November.

Price

$260

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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.

Previous Vintage

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.

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"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

Tasting Notes

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.

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

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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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Choose the cup bearer and the wine. Drink. Sing like the starling or the nightingale.