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Darioush Signature Merlot 2013


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Alluring fragrances of lavender, plum and incense introduce the sleek and statured 2013 Signature Merlot. A juicy core of black cherry, blackberry liqueur, dried raspberry and anise are framed by earth-laden notes of cola bean, graphite and pipe tobacco. Hints of cocoa dust, cinnamon and ground espresso caress the finish. Lent by a significant contribution of mountain-side fruit, its structure and remarkable finely knit, ripe tannins reveal the age-worthiness of this elegant Merlot from a superlative vintage.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Darioush
  • we90

Wine EnthusiastSoft in tannin and oak, this wine shows a cool-climate profile, its grapes sourced largely from Mount Veeder's mountainous terrain. Blackberry pie, cedar and crushed herb combine nicely alongside integrated power and full-bodied concentration.

Virginie Boone, December 1, 2016
  • wa90

Wine AdvocateThe 2013s are bigger, richer and denser than the 2014 versions. The 2013 Merlot offers up similar roasted coffee, chocolate and mocha in a medium to full-bodied, dense and concentrated style. It should drink nicely for 10-12 years at the minimum.

Robert Parker, October 2016
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorTightly wound, with a well-built core of lively acidity and tannins, backed by accents of red currant, mineral and dusty cedar. Drink now through 2027. 2,871 cases made.

Tim Fish, 2016