Darioush

Darius II Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.4252 ratings
9.334 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.3

A few wines from last week’s 4th Friday event!

In line with their typical style, this was rich and decadent but had an incredibly long finish to it. Dark chocolate, blue and black fruits and baking spices on the nose. Dense on the palate with some added licorice, baked plum and a nice balance of oak without being overwhelming. Fine grain tannins. Nice.

A few wines from last week’s 4th Friday event!

In line with their typical style, this was rich and decadent but had an incredibly long finish to it. Dark chocolate, blue and black fruits and baking spices on the nose. Dense on the palate with some added licorice, baked plum and a nice balance of oak without being overwhelming. Fine grain tannins. Nice.

Jan 28th, 2020
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.4

Deep purplish ruby red. A bit tight on the nose with dark gravel, baking spices and cassis. Medium plus tannins (7/10) and medium plus bodied. Balanced acidity with layers of graphite, blackberries, currants, Asian five spice, licorice and some blueberries. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2037.

Deep purplish ruby red. A bit tight on the nose with dark gravel, baking spices and cassis. Medium plus tannins (7/10) and medium plus bodied. Balanced acidity with layers of graphite, blackberries, currants, Asian five spice, licorice and some blueberries. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2037.

Jul 29th, 2019
David L

Needs 5 years.

Needs 5 years.

Feb 24th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

Deep and dark ruby red. Very young but powerful nose. Pencil shavings, cassis, sweet spices, cinnamon, dark cocoa, blackberries and dark gravel. Heavy tannins (7/10) and full bodied. Seems like a touch of chalk with lots of black fruits, spices, and bit of minerality. Long and lingering finish. Drink from 2018 till 2038. (93+)

Deep and dark ruby red. Very young but powerful nose. Pencil shavings, cassis, sweet spices, cinnamon, dark cocoa, blackberries and dark gravel. Heavy tannins (7/10) and full bodied. Seems like a touch of chalk with lots of black fruits, spices, and bit of minerality. Long and lingering finish. Drink from 2018 till 2038. (93+)

Oct 27th, 2017
Roger Saint-Pierre

Excellent w Pete at the Cove.

Excellent w Pete at the Cove.

1 person found it helpfulNov 20th, 2018
Bob Beglau

Bob had this 6 years ago

Bob had this 6 years ago

1 person found it helpfulApr 21st, 2016
Sarah Scott

Sarah had this 7 years ago

Sarah had this 7 years ago

1 person found it helpfulApr 18th, 2015
Andrew Holloway

Never wouldve guessed '11... so rich and lux

Never wouldve guessed '11... so rich and lux

Oct 30th, 2016
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.3

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. Drink till 2028.
Rating: 93+

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. Drink till 2028.
Rating: 93+

Mar 28th, 2016
Aristotelis Protopapas

Head Sommelier The Savoy, London

9.2

Extremely intense tannins and good acidity levels but backed up from really good concentration of flavors. I would leave it 10 years more in the cellar to have and unbelievable wine, hybrid with, with great body and fruit of an outstanding Californian cab but the complexity and delicacy of a top Bordeaux!

Extremely intense tannins and good acidity levels but backed up from really good concentration of flavors. I would leave it 10 years more in the cellar to have and unbelievable wine, hybrid with, with great body and fruit of an outstanding Californian cab but the complexity and delicacy of a top Bordeaux!

Aug 18th, 2015