I'm surprised that there isn't a thread already on this wine - if I missed it, sorry.

This is one of the best wines I had last year (yes, I just uncovered some old TNs Red Face).

I found it really sweet fruit forward and muscular, with flavours of fat black cherry, plum yogurt, menthol, white chocolate, cedar plank and moccachino.

Really rich and classy, it reminded me of Two Hands Bella's Garden or an aged Stonewell or Command shiraz.

As good without food as with - something I rarely say.

95 points, nearly 96.

Even better on Day 2 - smoother, fruitier, plum compote infused with cedar smoke and more moccachino. Now a solid 96 points.

This was a gift from a friend - thanks gman! Cool
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Hasd a bottle of this last year. Absolutely delicious and it seems to be improving. I can pick some up for about $39. I think I will grab a couple more.
As a tidbit: Robin Quivers (Howard Stern's sidekick), has been talking up Darioush wines in recent months on the show. I'll give one a pop if I come across one at a good price.
I enjoy the Darioush cabs very much, although they are on the oakier end of my personal taste spectrum, especially when young. I was a little put off by the oak in my glass when the 03 first came out, but tried another one in the last few months, and it was much more integrated. This is always a crowd pleaser amongst my friends and anyone that says that they like big reds, loves this wine. I think that it is improving with each passing year, and will try and do one a year for the next 3-4 years for my remaining bottles.

And, to Jasong, are you sure that it is the Darioush Signature Cabernet for $39? That sounds exactly like the price for the Caravan, which is Darioush's second label, as the big cab runs $60-70 anywhere that I have ever seen it, even at discount. If that is really the signature, then buy all you want and then please tell us where you found it so that we can clean out that supply!

thanks, Dale
Darioush Cabs do tend to be very oaky ... but, in all fairness, the folks at the winery do say they "need" at least 5 - 10 years in the cellar ... so perhaps their level of oakiness should be judged with that sort of age on 'em.
Very interesting note. Maybe I ought to go back and revisit Darioush. I was a big fan early on, but then they seemed get heavier handed with the oak treatment. Sounds like time for a visit to Silverado Trail....
Their Pinot Noir was surprisingly good last month. The chard was over priced and their other reds are all young.
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Do they still make the shiraz? I'm looking at my Jan 09 world class wines catalogue which is their distributor here in mpls and they only offer the Darioush 05 napa cab, 05 caravan cab, 06 chard, 05 merlot and 07 viognier.
mpls,

they were pouring the 05 shiraz at the winery back in November. BTW, I grabbed a couple of the 07 viogniers, really tasty.
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Originally posted by Dale451:
I enjoy the Darioush cabs very much, although they are on the oakier end of my personal taste spectrum, especially when young. I was a little put off by the oak in my glass when the 03 first came out, but tried another one in the last few months, and it was much more integrated. This is always a crowd pleaser amongst my friends and anyone that says that they like big reds, loves this wine. I think that it is improving with each passing year, and will try and do one a year for the next 3-4 years for my remaining bottles.

And, to Jasong, are you sure that it is the Darioush Signature Cabernet for $39? That sounds exactly like the price for the Caravan, which is Darioush's second label, as the big cab runs $60-70 anywhere that I have ever seen it, even at discount. If that is really the signature, then buy all you want and then please tell us where you found it so that we can clean out that supply!

thanks, Dale


Yep, it was on a closeout table at a retail store. SCORE!!
Opened a bottle of this with my wife last weekend. Came on the tail end of a couple of cocktails, so no formal notes/score, Wink. Didn't get the oakiness described above, and I recall it being very similar to bman's impressions. A massive, delicious wine. Got an obscenely good price on this (thanks Vinosnob), so went back for the last four bottles yesterday. Smile
If their wines are no longer over-oaked then it's something new.

Based on tastings of at least 15 Darioush wines over the last several years, I'll pass on pulling the splinters out of my esophagus.
I should have clarified, there was oak, but it didn't overpower at all in the bottle we had. Nothing remotely close to splinters. I don't favor overoaked wines, and thought that the balance was definitely in check here.
Had another one this past weekend. Deep plummy ruby color, massive nose of mocha, cooking jam, blackberry, cherry, licorice, slightly woody forest floor. On the palate, ripe plum, slightly raisiny, cherry, toffee, dark chocolate mocha, fig paste, assorted dark fruits and a bit of slightly smoky wood. Good but modest acidity. Well integrated tannin.
This was a delicious drink, and my wife and I consumed it over two hours. I have two more bottles, and I don't see much reason to wait. Have had three bottles of this and haven't gotten anything resembling over-the-top wood others indicate is problematic with this winery. Drink or hold short term. 94pts.
Having another one this weekend. Similar notes as before, but fruit starting to fade maybe just a bit, revealing a bit more oak than before. Not splinters, or anything close, but finishes a bit woody.

The nose is absolutely explosive, surreal amount of fruit aromas I catch whiffs of four feet away.

94pts, drink or hold, but why wait?
Yes, they don't price their wines inexpensively do they? I stumbled on a very deep discount, otherwise would have passed.


Damn.

I also realized that this most recent one was my final bottle. Probably the last one I'll ever be able to afford. Good stuff, but I'll survive.
Still think that the 1998 Signature cab was the best Cali cab I tasted from that vintage... The $38 1998 price has now doubled. Someone's got to pay for the new facility.
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Originally posted by RedMeat:
Still think that the 1998 Signature cab was the best Cali cab I tasted from that vintage... The $38 1998 price has now doubled. Someone's got to pay for the new facility.

Rolled by there last week - I agree someone has to pay for that ridiculous building. We kept driving.

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