Darioush

Signature Napa Valley Merlot

9.2256 ratings
9.227 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Paco Suro

Full. Well balanced.

Full. Well balanced.

Dec 22nd, 2019
Jeff D.

Lacking a bit in substance although it could be that I had this after drinking Cabernet Sauvignon. Still smooth and approachable...just thought there had been more to it when I first tried this wine.

Lacking a bit in substance although it could be that I had this after drinking Cabernet Sauvignon. Still smooth and approachable...just thought there had been more to it when I first tried this wine.

Mar 17th, 2018
Ron Haber

Merlot 2011 still worth drinking early 2018! Fell a bit towards being open for about 1 1/2 hours.

Merlot 2011 still worth drinking early 2018! Fell a bit towards being open for about 1 1/2 hours.

Jan 23rd, 2018
Meg Santanna

Merlot gets a bad rap. Everyone always quotes Paul Giamatti's Sideways line: "I'm not drinking any f#*%ing merlot!"... could one sentence bear so much weight?! Apparently the bias was formed when producers sacrificed quality for quantity when the varietal became popular. Even thou it's more of a blending grape, I am a big fan of a good Merlot. And at our wine dinner Thur, I liked Darioush's Merlot just as much as the Cab (and it was half the price). Lots of fruit and softer in a way. (Softer is undervalued these days)

Merlot gets a bad rap. Everyone always quotes Paul Giamatti's Sideways line: "I'm not drinking any f#*%ing merlot!"... could one sentence bear so much weight?! Apparently the bias was formed when producers sacrificed quality for quantity when the varietal became popular. Even thou it's more of a blending grape, I am a big fan of a good Merlot. And at our wine dinner Thur, I liked Darioush's Merlot just as much as the Cab (and it was half the price). Lots of fruit and softer in a way. (Softer is undervalued these days)

2 people found it helpfulMay 1st, 2016
Henry Fuseler

6/19. Best Merlot for me. Big and bold. Lingers on the palate.

6/19. Best Merlot for me. Big and bold. Lingers on the palate.

1 person found it helpfulJul 2nd, 2019
Ron R
9.2

I'm not sure if I've tagged the correct wine. Adjusting feedback much appreciated...
Nose is slightly muted. Offers up oak, rich blackcurrants and caramel. On the palette, the wine is voluptuous and dense. Mid palette displays a nice lithe mouthfeel, with fully integrated tannins, and extravagant fruit extraction. Finishes flamboyant with linze torte, nutmeg and brown sugar.
@Joe Lucca gifted me the cab a while back. I was excited to learn that they also do a merlot. Very impressive.

I'm not sure if I've tagged the correct wine. Adjusting feedback much appreciated...
Nose is slightly muted. Offers up oak, rich blackcurrants and caramel. On the palette, the wine is voluptuous and dense. Mid palette displays a nice lithe mouthfeel, with fully integrated tannins, and extravagant fruit extraction. Finishes flamboyant with linze torte, nutmeg and brown sugar.
@Joe Lucca gifted me the cab a while back. I was excited to learn that they also do a merlot. Very impressive.

Sep 3rd, 2016
Doc Jay

Spicy

Spicy

May 19th, 2016
Elizabeth Schneider

Older, has lost some brightness but the structure is still wonderful. Always a great Merlot!

Older, has lost some brightness but the structure is still wonderful. Always a great Merlot!

Feb 15th, 2016
Isaac Pirolo

Lush and rich. Red and blue fruit, vanilla, tabacco, and cedar. A touch of heat made this good not great, but a pleasure nonetheless.

Lush and rich. Red and blue fruit, vanilla, tabacco, and cedar. A touch of heat made this good not great, but a pleasure nonetheless.

Dec 27th, 2015
Jordan Gianelli

Round and rich. A definite Cab lover's Merlot and an appealing wine to drink after dinner.

Round and rich. A definite Cab lover's Merlot and an appealing wine to drink after dinner.

Jul 21st, 2015