2007 Darioush Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1060250 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The winery’s top bottling, and this vintage recalls the tremendous 2000. Tastes important right off the bat, although it’s also obviously young and unintegrated. New, smoky oak dominates, with themes of ripe, concentrated blackberries and cassis, but the tannins are hard as nails. Wants and needs time. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (5/2011)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark *** Top 100 Wines of 2011 *** Robust and potent, offering ripe, dense blackberry, licorice, lead pencil, cedar and roasted herb flavors that are full-bodied and concentrated, all the while holding onto a tight focus and ending with a long, chewy, persistent finish. (JL) Inner quote mark (3/2011)

93 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The beautiful 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is more complex with a more opulent texture, full-bodied richness and plenty of sweet black currant fruit intermixed with cedar, spice box and Asian spice. Drink this opulent 2007 now and over the next 15+ years. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2010)

92 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Here is the kind of wine about which controversy has suddenly sprung, for while it is high in oak and very ripe, it is also a deep and wonderfully well-structured wine. It will have spears hurled its way by those who drink nothing other than high-acid, low-alcohol wines, but, make no mistake, this noteworthy bottling has the complexity, the fruity substance and the layered interest that makes fine Cabernet famously prized, and it is balanced to grow for another decade or more. *Two Stars* Inner quote mark (4/2011)

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By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/19/2011 | Send Email
For years Darioush has been cranking out powerful, intense, heavily fruited Cabs. These are the sort of Cabernets that you’d want to take to a high powered business meeting at an upscale steak house. The kind of wine that can’t miss, that says I’m in charge here, this is what I got and you are going to love it. To use the word simple would be doing the wine a serious injustice but there is sort of an ease to this wine in the sense that it is just so likeable, a wine that doesn’t make you do mental calisthenics to enjoy. Full of sappy, pitchy black fruits and rolled in spicy, sweet oak this mouth filling beauty is not necessarily for those that champion restraint above all else. Everyone else, get in, sit down, buckle up and enjoy the ride.

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