2008 Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon Signature

Year: 2008
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 90
Connoisseurs' Guide: 91
Red Wine
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"A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature exhibits a dark ruby/purple color along with a lovely perfume of black currants, licorice and spice, an attractive texture, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and elegance combined with substance. This is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon to enjoy over the next 12-15 years." (WA)

"More often than not, Darioush Cabernets are among those that take ripeness and rich oak to the limit, but the 2008 version seems to be ever so slightly reined in and is principally guided by lots of very well-stated fruit. There is plenty of oak, to be sure, and the wine is not wanting in ripeness, yet it is the balance and equanimity of its parts that makes it so attractive now, just as its solidity and structure and firm, finely fit tannins are the sure guarantors of great longevity. Reviewed: December 2011" (CG)

Winery Notes:
Inspired by the great wines of Bordeaux, our Signature Cabernet Sauvignon exemplifies how meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard result in powerful wines with extraordinary depth, character and poise. Having reached a quarter-century of maturity, our cool climate estate vineyards on Silverado Trail and atop the rocky slopes of Mount Veeder have yielded an exceptional 2007 vintage.

This powerful, yet harmonious wine is defined by aromas of rosewood, dried orange peel, lavender and cola. Gorgeously textured fruits abound — black currant and blueberry mingle with earthy flavors of dusty chocolate, dark-roast espresso and sandalwood incense on the palate. The long finish is supported by soft, silky tannins and accentuated by a spice box of cinnamon and tobacco.