Darioush Signature Viognier 2017
Lending remarkable consistency with prior vintages, 2017 Signature Viognier maintains beautiful, fresh floral notes of apple blossom and acacia. The wine’s charm lies in its unique and exotic interplay of texture and flavors— seamlessly bridging vibrant citrus and stone fruits with delicate spice. Juicy Saturn peach and apricot flavors take center stage, finishing with lively and persistent notes of kumquat and minerals.
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Always among the richest, most sumptuous Viognier renditions to be had, Darioush hits the mark once again with a weighty, full-bodied offering that goes for it all. Its intense, lightly honeyed aromas of ripe peaches and pears are followed with expressive, exceptionally deep, wonderfully complete flavors that build on the promise of the nose, and it is impeccably balanced for the ample wine that it is. It is, in fact, so solidly structured and imbued with such fruity strength that it is the rare example that promises to be even better with age. Drink it now with garlicky chicken or flavorful shellfish preparations, or let it rest for three to five years with full confidence that it will show more layering and polish with time.
One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism, the Napa Valley was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960s, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley's world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.
The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980s, when producers scooped up vineyard lands and planted vines throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, and today Napa is home to hundreds of producers ranging from boutique to corporate. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Napa whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that claim specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil. Farthest south and coolest from the influence of the San Pablo Bay is Carneros, followed by Coombsville to its northeast and then Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford. Above those are the warm St. Helena and the valley's newest and hottest AVA, Calistoga. These areas follow the valley floor and are known generally for creating rich, dense, complex and smooth red wines with good aging potential. The mountain sub appellations, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs, include Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley (farther east), Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Diamond Mountain District. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from a lot of time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
Full-figured and charmingly floral, Viognier is one of the most important white grapes of the northern Rhône where it is used both to produce single varietal wines and as an important blending grape. Look for great New World examples from California, Oregon, Washington and cooler parts of Australia. Somm Secret—Viognier plays a surprisingly important role in the red wines of Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhône. About 5% Viognier is typically co-fermented with the Syrah in order to stabilize the color, and as an added benefit, add a subtle perfume.