Really smooth textured. Quite elegant as well, with sleek, complex layers of black currant, blackberry, plum, black cherry, herb, chocolate, coffee, spice, toast and a beguiling hint of tar. The wine is incredibly complex and inviting, framed beautifully in velvety tannins. Long and lush on the finish, it’s blended from grapes grown on Mt. Veeder, Atlas Peak and…
The winery’s top bottling, and this vintage recalls the tremendous 2000. Tastes important right off the bat, although it’s also obviously young and unintegrated. New, smoky oak dominates, with themes of ripe, concentrated blackberries and cassis, but the tannins are hard as nails. Wants and needs time. Best well after 2013, and should develop for years beyond.
This tastes fresh and juicy, like ripe blackberries picked on a hot summer day. The fruitiness disappears in a swirl of tannins and oak spice, leading to a long, dry finish. Fine, complex and elegant, this should develop over the next 8-10 years.
As lush and delicious as Napa Merlot gets, this is stunningly with its flavor of milk-chocolate-coated blackberries. The alcohol gives it an anisette liqueur burn, and oak aging contributes rich toast and wood spice notes. For all the upfront generosity, firm tannins and acids keep it balanced.
This is sensuous Chardonnay that provides plenty of texture and depth without being heavy. The bouquet is robust and complex, with pear, smoke, vanilla, cumin and an appealing oatmeal-graham cracker-like note. A full spectrum of similarly ripe fruit flavors coats the mouth, bolstered by good acidity, and you can almost sink your teeth into the full, chewy mouthfeel…
You can taste the oak and lees influence in this rich, full-bodied Chardonnay. With a creamy mouthfeel, it gets serious on the midpalate, with flavors of buttery peach, orange and nectarine fruit. Outstanding and elegant.
The wine starts of with intriguing bacon and earth tones that are followed up by rich, ripe raspberry, black cherry, spice, licorice, herb and toast flavors. It’s beautifully balanced, with supple tannins and a flashy, robust character that remains enticing and long at the end. Look for more of this varietal from Darioush as its Shiraz vineyards mature.
Made in a tart, citrusy style, like an elegant Chablis, this rich, balanced Chardonnay shows candied flavors of pineapples, lemon custard, Key lime pie and stony minerals. Brisk acidity provides a keen, bracing balance.