2016 Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum

The Crown Jewel of the Darioush estate, Darius II captures the diverse and exquisite beauty within each vintage.

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.

1.5L $775
Tasting Notes

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.

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.

  • composition81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc
  • cooperageAged 20 months in 100% new Taransaud Chateau Traditional French oak barrels
  • winemakerSteve Devitt - winemaker, Michel Rolland - consulting
  • appellationSage Vineyard – Mt Veeder, Apadana Block – Darioush Estate, Pritchard Hill, Spring Mountain, Howell Mountain
  • availabilityExclusively for First Offering Members

"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, truffes 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
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