On this day Saturday I have opened the 2016 Darioush Caravan from Napa Valley. A Bordeaux blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot.
The nose is very expressive with notes of black cherry, blackberry, plum, black currant, cedar, vanilla, creamy chocolate and a rich dark soil.
The palate reveals ripe decadent fruit of dark cherry, blackberry, plum, black currant, green bell pepper, vanilla, spice, cinnamon and a nice earthiness.
This wine is a beautiful full bodied wine with a supple mouth feel, medium + acidity and medium + firm gripping tannins that move effortlessly into a long spicy fruit finish. What a wonderful relaxing experience from a wonderful producer. Always enjoy the weekend with a quality wine. Have a great rest of your weekend and stay safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 2 days ago
The honey and light citrus redeem the desserty sweetness. It is what it’s supposed to be, an elegant after dinner drink. — a month ago
I’d been warned this was going to be an oak bomb and...nope. There’s oak but it isn’t, say, Guigal levels. And if there were a human oak detector equivalent of, well, bomb-sniffing dogs, that’s me. There are pleasant vanilla things going on with this. It tastes like expensive winemaking—focused voluptuous tannins, ripe fruit in a myriad of colors, earth that certain was trod by royalty and CEOs and...this is luxurious cab franc I would not know was in fact cab f but...do I care? Not right now, no. I’m enjoying my wine that is not an oak bomb. It simply is bomb. — 2 months ago
At least 2 hours in decanter required at this point, but oh so worth it! My favorite Merlot by far. — 9 days ago
Before we had many tiers we had one. Signature. The best. — 8 days ago
11 years old, and I think this one is showing its age nicely. I don't think the nose is either older or younger than the palate but there is definitely a lot there!!! Entry with blackberry, baking chocolate, graphite and some herb. Still has some astringency at the finish, so I think the best days of this wine are still ahead of it. Went well with wasabi peanuts as the heat on the wasabi brought out a bloody iodine character. A full-bodied classic Napa Cabernet! Definitely a well-made wine with great structure and still with incredible potential, and my thanks to Joe for opening! — 2 months ago
Fantastic Cab, sage, mint, cherry and cranberry. Slightly acidic given its young age. Decanted for about an hour, will definitely shelf for 5 years if I get more. — 15 days ago
Dusty, earthy, leather notes in the nose, inky purple and silky smooth with just a hint a acid given its age. Fabulous pairing with ribs. Can’t wait to hold on to more on the shelf. 14.8% — 22 days ago
Dark inky color with a big rich dark fruit bouquet. Big thick and almost creamy blackberries and plums and anise upfront then a burst into a dry finish. — 2 months ago
Good, but a little too Merlot-y for us. — 3 months ago