Still lush and primary with dark fruits and tobacco with the slightest whiff of menthol in the background. Very fruity and brooding without being too strident on day one. Day two brings a reductive nose and some overall mellowing of the palate. This wine really seems to be only at the outset of a nice drinking window. It has a very supple mouthfeel, soft tannins and enough acid to carry the day, but the tertiary flavors are just beginning to peak out. Drink if you like lush and rich, hold for more development.
Opened along with a '90 Chambert-Marbuzet and a '95 Leoville Las Cases. The Darioush was the WOTN. It had amazing aromatics and palate impression. The fruit was very much intact with great dark fruit texture and a medium to long finish.
Double decanted for three hours, tasted blind initially, Ripe big nose, black fruit, medium body, medium acidity, more red fruit on the palate, also a spicy element, decent balance finish, a bit warm. This is in a great spot, what a surprise.
-- double decanted 1.5 hours before dinner; ultimately poured about 3 hours after decanting -- -- tasted a couple pours non-blind over approx. 1.5 hours --
Nose was obviously Napa Cab --- ripe purple fruits, a touch floral, and some light-to-moderate oak. Ripe on the palate, but not gloppy; smooth; 14.8% alc. is well-hidden; medium-light oak --- I was pleasantly surprised at how well the oak is integrating at this time; shows very young. Impressive showing. I will continue holding my other bottle.
Wow, this was good! I was completely expecting an oak monster, but what I got was clean, pure fruit with little oak influence. The nose was full of juicy current, blackberry, and maybe some blueberry. Dark currents were the primary flavors, with some light spices. Again, clean was the term that kept coming to mind. Long, fruit filled (not oak filled) finish.
Fragrant nose with an interesting impression of florals and spice. On the palate, it's hard for me to get over the alcohol heat which walks all over the fruit. And this after finishing a 16% ABV Turley. Some are better at hiding it than others.
Dark purple with excellent clarity. The nose was all fruit cobbler with a hint of musk. A complex palate. Dark mixed fruit and baking spices. Not as smooth as previous bottles, the acidity is slightly stronger than the fruit at this point. The tannins are smooth, but waning.
After one hour. The palate is much more integrated. The fruit and oak are wide open.
I opened this bottle at Josie's in SM and right out of the bottle it is drinking incredibly great right now... it is the kind of Cali cab that Napa lovers die for! Rich bright Veeder fruit and silky smooooooooth Oak Knoll tannins + perfect acidity = great balance. Drank it over 3 hours, fruit started to fade at the very end. Amazing. Not sure there are much tannins left to carry this forward a lot longer so I think this is good to go over the next year or so.
My last bottle. Dark purple. Nose of blackberry, fig, menthol, and vanilla. Full, ripe palate of blueberry, blackberry, graphite, mint, and espresso. Excellent lenth. Mild acidity. Supple tannins. Integrated oak. Full disclosure: my wife thought it over-extracted and syrupy.
This was awesome, in a very good place. Easy-drinking immediately, but was singing after about an hour. Dark fruits, big body, but very balanced with just enough acidity and tannins to really complement some grilled skirt steak. nice finish.
Fantastic. Decanted for two hours, and was more than enough time. Fruit initial was very strong with pungent nose of berries (blackberries), cassis, oak and spice. The mid-pallet was persistent and powerful with a quadrant of balance with acid, fruit, tannins, and length. This wine is much better than three years ago-it is showing its true character. Depth and meaning with a 25 second finish. Not a Harlan, but giving it a go on the right paremeters.
Autumn is in the air. I harvested all of the remaining tomatoes, pumpkins and beets growing in the garden today, and decided to make an Autumnal feast. I made a warm and spicy butternut squash soup, and a slow roasted Morroccan Leg of Lamb, marinated in lemon juice, garam masala, mild curry, cinnamon, chinese five spice, and cayenne. The result was a perfect October feast -- rich, fragrant, spicy, and savory. The Darioush paired perfectly with the North African cuisine, and held its own against the spice. This was a very nice wine. Thank God it is the Fall and soon Winter season. It is, after all, the season of big reds, and this was one. There is a hint of sweetness to this wine, which is quite nice. Very open and balanced, but with some nice underlying complexity. Warmed us up.
Popped and poured. Dark purple. Nose of cedar and blackberry. Full-bodied palate of ripe luscious dark fruit balanced by refreshing acidity and ripe tannins. Excellent length. Really loved this wine tonight.
Some heat at the onset until it opened up in the decanter over an hour. Well layered flavors of black berries, dark stone fruit, meaty tobacco, with velvety chocolate notes that carry through out the finish.
Tasted at winery – medium ruby with a slight brownish rim, clear. Developing nose of tobacco and spice with black fruits and well integrated oak. Layers of plum and dark cherries on the palate with underlying spicy and earthy notes. Medium to full body, medium to high acidity and tannin with a longer finish. This bottle was just starting to show development but could use another 5 years in the cellar. Excellent. 90+
Opened but not poured for one hour. Served with grilled chicken marinated in lemon, olive oil and fennel. Dark blackish red color and aromas of currant, dirt, kiersh. To me this is what a benchmark cabernet should be. Nice complexity, rich, and velvety. I am never disapointed by this brand and think it is a great value.
Brought to Valentine's Dinner by our great friends, this Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon was a dark garnet in the glass, with a lush, open nose of dark cherry, blackberry, cassis, vanilla and oak, with a noticeable vegetal streak. The palate was much the same, very tasty, with well-integrated tannins and a long finish. Distinctly different from and a good match to the '05 Lancaster Estate Alexander Valley cabernet sauvignon that we also consumed at this dinner.
From half bottle - pop and pour. Dark currant and a good amount of vanilla from the oak. If you like big concentrated cabs then this is one for you however it does lack some complexity. Soft tannins and great bold fruit - easy drinking. Some heat on the finish.
Decanted and aerated w Vinturi aerator in am. Wine is exceptional with dark berry currant flavors, and soft tannins.Extended finish. Ellen, the HYPERTASTER loved it! Extaordinary value drinking = or better than $100+ Napa Cabs.
Decanted for over 3 hours. Enjoyed this with the Seymours, for their going-away dinner. Grilled Rib-Eye, Caesar Salad, Breadc and Coffe Creme Brulee. Perfect wine. Notes of cedar on the a mild and elegant finish.
Aromas of eucalyptus, herbs and maybe a hint of licorice. This cab is a nice big mouth full of a chocolaty cassis, a hint of espresso and spice...and maybe a touch of fermented dark berry leather...if that makes any sense. This is a yummy luxurious cab. We've never been cab drinkers, and maybe that's from inexperience with this varietal, but this one can make us a fan. We cellared it for a year from when received, and then let it decant about 40 minutes before drinking, which was recommended if you are drinking it relatively young. Ours was only 3 years old and this wine should be good for about 10. Unfortunately, this 2004 Signature cab is sold out. Try your local wine specialty store. UPDATE: we only drank half the wine, sealed it, and place it back in the wine fridge and finished it the next night. It was even better. A little more smooth and gained some chocolaty tones.
Aromas of eucalyptus, herbs and maybe a hint of licorice. This cab is a nice big mouth full of a chocolaty cassis, a hint of espresso and spice...and maybe a touch of fermented dark berry leather...if that makes any sense. This is a yummy luxurious cab. We've never been cab drinkers, and maybe that's from inexperience with this varietal, but this one can make us a fan. We cellared it for a year from when received, and then let it decant about 40 minutes before drinking, which was recommended if you are drinking it relatively young. Ours was only 3 years old and this wine should be good for about 10. Unfortunately, this 2004 Signature cab is sold out. Try your local wine specialty store. UPDATE: we only drank half the wine, sealed it, and place it back in the wine fridge and finished it the next night. It was even better. A little more smooth and gained some chocolaty tones. Gift.
Very dark ruby color. Chocolate, coffee, blackberry and vanilla pop from the glass and invade the nostrils. The oak treatment seems to have been very judicious. A bit lighter in body that I expected given the color and aromatics. Still an excellent wine that is more about the nose tha the palate.
Tasted in the Barrel Chai at Darioush winery as part of their Fine Wine and Artisan Cheese unique experience. Bordeaux blend, though mostly cab. Not massive by any means, but well structured with cassis, toast, cinnamon, indian spice.
Tasted at the winery in its "fine wines, artisan cheeses" program. Impressive Bordeaux blend that is full of flavor, ripe and complex. The finish is very smooth for such a young wine. With a few years of bottle age I think this will score in the mid 90s. A fine effort 92+.
An amazing wine... Dark purple in color at the core, only slightly lighter around the rim... Completely drinkable at opening and only got better as it breathed.. Solid (but not overwhelming) tannins An excellent wine to enjoy now and will be interesting to try over the next several years.
Typical Napa Cab that is enjoyable with a thick cut of steak. A bit massive and tannic upon opening but more mellow afterwards. Ripe with tastes of spice, oak and dark fruit with some bite on the finish. A bit on the thin side. Not a special bottle but plenty of enjoyment was brought by this wine, especially when my company was buying.
Only had a taste, alongside the Caymus SS 2003, which pretty much blew this away. This was much tighter and giving less aromatics, nice structure with ripe currant and blackberry fruit, not overly tannic but needed some air to strut its stuff.
2nd '04 bottle I taste( first was Caymus SS), although a completely different type of wine, Darioush showed me a very berry wine, but unique. Although young, it is a great example of the new world wine...fruit forward, but balanced( and not in a classic way) .... Just the right amount of acidity with some firm tannins, Darioush will only improve(w/proper cellaring) in the years to come, that is if you don't drink it before.
Ordered at dinner at Plumpjack in SFO. This is a very dark, unctuous, dense wine. Fruits were well balanced but definitely fruit forward. This one could use more time in the bottle for sure, but is quite enjoyable now.