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Darioush Signature Merlot 2012

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Depth of flavor and aromatic complexity define Darioush Signature Merlot. Predominantly sourced from our Oak Knoll estate acreage in southern Napa Valley, with smaller portions from Mount Veeder, the soils and microclimates naturally restrict, concentrate and ripen this vigorous Bordeaux varietal.

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WS 92
Wine Spectator
Impressive for the plush texture and complex, well-focused structure. Aromas of red currant, mocha and spice combine with rich flavors of black cherry, orange zest and bay leaf. Ripe tannins firm up the finish. Drink now through 2022.
CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide
Differing little from its equally extravagant, year-younger version, Darioush’s 2012 Merlot is again a big, mouthfilling, downright opulent take on the grape that is little concerned with restraint be it in terms of its fruity richness, ripeness or lavish oak. It is not quite as adept at fully hiding its back-end heat, and those seeking wines of delicacy and subtle nuance are bound to find it to be a little too much of a good thing, especially if it is drunk down in its youth, but, when accorded four or five years of deserved time in the cellar and sensible pairing with appropriately full-flavored foods, it is sure to win appreciative fans among wine lovers of almost every stripe.
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Darioush, a winery noted for its Bordeaux style estate wines, implements old world labor-intensive, micro-vineyard management and new world state of the art technology to craft fine wines from its estates located in the appellations of Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder and Oak Knoll. Under the direction of Darioush Khaledi and winemaker Steve Devitt, precision and quality are of the utmost importance at the winery.
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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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