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2008 Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon "Signature"

Darioush 2008 Cabernet

Winery: Darioush

Vintage: 2008

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Signature"

Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Malbec & 3% Cabernet Franc

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $88

Cases produced: 7,073

KWG Score: 93.2 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (94)

Review date: November 21, 2011

Wine Review: This very opaque and very dark purple colored Big Boy Cabernet rocks. It finished in second place in our high end big blind tasting this weekend. It opens with a spicy black currant bouquet with a hint of menthol and black pepper. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced, and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a delicious and concentrated ripe black cherry with note of gentle oak, coffee, and boysenberry. The finish is dry and its moderate building tannins are nicely prolonged. The panel suggested pairing this Cab with a sharp cheddar cheese platter or just drinking it by the fireplace this winter. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Blessed by a warmer than average harvest, small berry sizes and significantly lower yields, wines from the 2008 vintage offer great concentration of flavor, color and texture. Endowed with a sturdy core of earth, espresso and dark chocolate balanced by vibrant black fruits and savory layers of lavender and sage, the 2008 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon achieves both complexity and poise. We admire this wine for its dynamism and potential to outshine its siblings, while clearly maintaining the "Signature" of this estate.

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