2009 Darioush Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Soft and luscious, this Cabernet has a melted fruit quality, like cherry pie filling, with a scoop of vanilla and coffee ice cream. Tasty, but beyond that is great structure and bones. Drink this wine by 2015.
This full-throttle effort keys on ripeness and oak, and it has no sense of what brakes might be for, but it does manage to find its varietal way in spite of its sweetness and heat. Redolent of blackberries as much as of currants and decked out with vanilla and cream to spare, it could use greater grace and elegance, but its richness more than makes up for its sins. Mid-term keeping seems the best course here, and it will surely tickle fans of the style when teamed up with well-seasoned oxtails and braised shanks of lamb.
Very dark, rich and tarry, with black licorice, mocha and dried blackberry fruit that's also firmly tannic, ending with a chewy edge. Best from 2013 through 2022.
From the winery: "The 2009 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon is influenced by higher portions of Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from our Sage Vineyard atop Mt. Veeder. Vivid flavors of licorice, black cherry, and mocha are wrapped in a sleek, savory package of sage and French lavender. Succulent, fully-developed tannins support a long finish with a lifted, fruit quality we can only describe as energetic and age-worthy."