The wine is firm in structure, complex in flavor and hits the palate with an elegant density of fruit – all hallmarks of our mountain-side estate. True to the varietal, the wine balances concentrated, dark bramble fruits with savory earth tones of bittersweet cocoa, sage and spice box with hints of lead pencil and toasty graham cracker on the finish. Hand-harvested at night into 28 lb baskets to insure cold, whole cluster fruit and to preserve aromatic complexities. Hand-sorted twice, both before and after de-stemming
to ensure clean and consistent fruit quality. Fermented in traditional closed top fermenters, including cold soaking for 4 days, with gentle pump-overs for optimal color extraction and tannin management. Aged 22 months in a combination of 70% new French oak barrels, with minimal barrel-to-barrel racking. Meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard and cellar, the wine was minimally handled through bottling.
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Proprietor Darioush Khaledi and winemaker Steve Devitt made an unorthodox choice, to commit to Southern Napa Valley – choosing its cooler microclimates to develop their unique style. While the focus was in northern Napa Valley in the late 1990's, Darioush was headed south. Seeking opportunities others overlooked, Darioush and Steve focused intently on site selection and cooler microclimates in Southern Napa Valley; high atop Mount Veeder and the maritime-influenced Valley floor. Replanting where necessary to unlock the full potential of both the vineyard and wine grape cultivated from it. They committed to a Bordeaux-style of winemaking – a blended style they long admired for the potential to truly express a wine's character.
Now these years later, the Darioush estate comprises 120 acres in Southern Napa Valley spanning the Mount Veeder and Oak Knoll AVA's. We believe truly unique wines reflect great vineyards, but also the character of the people behind them. Individualism and the role of the craftsman are heralded qualities that honor our ancient and modern influences. Darioush Signature wines echo these founding principals. Possessing inherent personality, they are complex, poised, individual, courageous. Wines with gravitas. Bridging old-world traditions and modern style and stature. Crafted to be appreciated on the world stage, they are the most revered and celebrated wines in our portfolio.