2013 Darioush Napa Valley Chardonnay
*Two Stars* Although showing a bit of youthful constraint right out of the gate, this substantial and nicely concentrated Chardonnay gains traction as it goes and, even if a touch firm and framed by good acidity, it opens and builds on the palate with deep, well-formed, fully ripe fruit, a good dose of creamy oak and a tantalizing touch of baked-bread sweetness. It is a big wine, to be sure, but it is not at all overblown, and it hits the accustomed Darioush mark for fruity amplitude and richness.
Raw in texture from oak, but the fruit is pure and clean, focused on white peach, tangerine and nectarine. (JL)
You may expect a big Chardonnay from Darioush, but this release often retains a fine balance. According to the winery: "A gentle and idyllic growing season yielded a Chardonnay that eloquently expresses a beautiful balance of fruit, ripeness and refreshing acidity. Vivid and aromatic notes of nectarine, green apple and citrus blossom lead to sleek and refined flavors of stone fruit and guava with a mineral quality in the lingering finish."