2008 Darioush Darius II

Estate: Darioush Winery
Region: Napa Valley, North Coast, California, United States of America
Vineyard: Sage (Mount Veeder) and Apadana Block (Napa Valley) Vineyards


Tasting Note:March 26, 2016

First time trying a wine from Darioush, so all we were expecting was a fruit forward wine with a ton of tannins. Wine was a deep garnet or crimson red. Even on the nose this wine was fruit forward with purple floral undertones. Clean too, very nice and refreshing to smell. Moderate plus tannins (7.5/10) with a moderate plus body that grabs your entire palate as it passes through with a slight floral edge. Do not forget the powerful dark fruits in this wine either, there are a ton. Lots of structure but needs time to fully integrate and become a wine on another level. If you drink now, give it at least 4 to 6 hours in the decanter.

The label of this Darius II is a portrait of a Persian hero named Rostam. Rostam is known for his courage and chivalry and so is his stallion, Rakhsh. This vintage is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 2% Malbec. Aged for 100% new French oak for 20 months. Only 18 barrels produced.

Drink Dates:

2016 till 2028.


93+ points.

Price Point:

$$$$ - Purchased through TKWine for around $168.00.