One of the best California Cabs under $60 we've found this year! The 2018 Darioush Caravan Cabernet Sauvignon is a plush bordeaux-style blend that epitomizes the stylistic profile thats signature Darioush.
Tasting Notes: "Round, supple and sleek – all are traits of Caravan Cabernet Sauvignon, and the exemplary 2018 vintage is no exception. Anchored by a significant blend of Merlot, the wine opens with decadent top notes of chocolate coated cherries, fig and black currants. The palate showcases ripe red fruit, cherry and plum, with firm tannins and hints of spice – cinnamon, vanilla and cherry liqueur. This is a substantial wine, built to age, yet equally enjoyable in its youth."
Caravan shares the pedigree of Darioush’s Signature wines, but displays more ripe, saturated fruit with an elegantly textured finish. Caravan Cabernet Sauvignon is anchored in Cabernet Sauvignon with lesser amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and/or Malbec added for depth and complexity of flavor.
A small-production gem from Darioush usually available at the winery tasting room only. Limited.
Earth-driven, with plenty of sweet black fruits, the Darioush 2018 Signature Cabernet Franc is described by winemaker Steve Devitt as “the sleeper of the vintage. A bouquet of spiced chai and herbs de Provence overlays plush flavors of blueberry, fig and black currant with notes of cigar box and smoke. A gorgeously textured finish reveals notes of graphite and dusty chocolate.
Rare! The Darioush 2018 Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon is Darioush's most exclusive release. Ripe, lush and profoundly concentrated, yet epitomizing the stylistic profile that's signature Darioush.
99 Points Robert Parker: "Deep garnet-purple in color, the Cabernet Sauvignon Darius II sparks both hedonistic and cerebral appreciation by exuding profound scents of preserved plums, blackberry compote, blueberry pie, kirsch and warm cassis with suggestions of candied violets, cigar box, Indian spices, fragrant earth, truffles 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.
Winery Notes: Fortitude and resilience best describe the 2018 vintage of Darius II. Following the devastating 2017 wildfires, we decided to forgo bottling our estate’s crown jewel for the first time ever. Perhaps it is Mother Nature’s need for redemption that the 2018 growing season was idyllic, a textbook season, for producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon.
With dozens of beautiful barrel lots to choose from, our final blend included a small contribution of Sage Vineyard Cabernet Franc complementing the gorgeous expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from our winery estate’s Apadana Block.
New release! The Darioush 2019 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Napa Valley vintage: ripe, lush and profoundly concentrated, yet epitomizing the stylistic profile thats signature Darioush.
95 Points Wine Enthusiast "Cellar Selection": "Smoky leather and cigar make for a formidable entry on the nose before huge, layered tannins rise to the fore. A balance of acidity and brightness lurks beneath the weight, rounded by succulent blackberry and black cherry. Cellar through 2022."
Limited new Signature Chardonnay release from Darioush. Order while it's still available.
100% Chardonnay, sourced exclusively from Darioush's estate vineyards in the Napa Valley, Oak Knoll and Carneros districts, and aged for eleven months in 70% new French oak.
Tasting Notes: "Influenced by a cooler than average growing season, the Darioush Signature Chardonnay is powerful, sleek and vibrant, and was bottled unfiltered to maintain a strong sense of place and high concentration of flavor. Bright aromatics of white peach and quince entice, with layers of green apple, creamy lemon meringue, yeast and toasted wheat in the mid-palate, finishing with a pure, delicate minerality. A promising vintage that will evolve well for several years."