Wine Advocate 94
"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."
" 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. " ~ Winery notes
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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.