Thursday, July 9, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - California Red - 2010 Darioush Napa Valley Shiraz

Even though my less expensive class of wine I use for my wine rating scale is "Everyday", it doesn't mean that after a particularly rough Wednesday you have to settle for an Everyday selection. Even a Wednesday deserves a splurge wine, and this time it was a wine from one of my very favorite wineries. Dariush makes a great Cabernet that you will see on many restaurant lists, but my favorite from their offerings is they Shiraz.  Typically Australian wines  are the ones who use "Shiraz" instead of Syrah, but in this case it is the Persian ancestry of the winery owner and a nod to the city of Shiraz in Iran. Enough geography though... let's drink.
Wine: 2010 Darioush Napa Valley Shiraz
Region: Napa Valley, California
Grape Varieties: Syrah

Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $74
Wino4Life Category: Splurge Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Dark, dark purple with a slightly lighter purple rim.
Aroma: Lot of fruit - blackberry and boysenberry, with a hint of licorice and dark chocolate.

Taste: Wonderfully complex and fruity, with a long, pleasant finish with a very delicious savory note that makes me think of a really great dark soy sauce (the savory component, not the salty!).
The Grade: I give this one an A+.  Don't expect this Shiraz to be the huge fruit bomb of many the Australian Shiraz wines. Instead it is more elegant, but still very recognizable as a New World Napa wine. One of my all-time favorite wines, and I've yet to be disappointed by any vintage I've tried.  In a few months, Darioush will be one of our stops during a Napa trip for the celebration of the 20th anniversary of my 30th Birthday.... I can't wait!!!

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