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2004 Darioush Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "Signature"

Winery: Darioush

Vintage: 2004

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Signature"

Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)

Grape blend: 100% Shiraz

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $64

Cases produced: 1,751

KWG Score: 92.5 (based on 2 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93.99-90)

Review date: December 4, 2007

Wine Review: This deep, dark purple Shiraz is quite aromatic and complex with hints of plum, pepper, vanilla, leather and mint. Its full-bodied palate is first introduced with a soft, rich texture that builds in intensity and displays fine-grained tannin. It continues to unfold with delicious layered flavors of blueberry, blackberry, baking spices and a slight earthiness. The finish is spicy, dusty, fruity and full of chocolate notes that persist nicely. If you love a full-bodied, rich wine that will keep you warm this winter you will not want to miss this! Try it with spiced, grilled red meats such as lamb. Enjoy - Kara

Winemaker Notes: A robust bouquet of sandalwood, cinnamon spice and dark chocolate give subtle hints to the decadent layers of red and black fruits on the palate. A rich mid-palate of blackberry, crème de cassis and dried orange peel displays some intriguing minerality for this varietal. Ripe cherry and blackberries linger into a refined, lengthy finish. Cellar for 5-8 years.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Darioush 2004 Shiraz Signature.

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