*Cellar Selection* This tastes fresh and juicy, like ripe blackberries picked on a hot summer day. The fruitiness disappears in a swirl of tannins and oak spice, leading to a long, dry finish. Fine, complex and elegant, this should develop over the next 8-10 years.
More often than not, Darioush Cabernets are among those that take ripeness and rich oak to the limit, but the 2008 version seems to be ever so slightly reined in and is principally guided by lots of very well-stated fruit. There is plenty of oak, to be sure, and the wine is not wanting in ripeness, yet it is the balance and equanimity of its parts that makes it so attractive now, just as its solidity and structure and firm, finely fit tannins are the sure guarantors of great longevity.
Lots going on in this wine with tobacco, ripe fruit, and chocolate character. Full and velvety, with a point of alcohol at the finish. But it should come together nicely with a year or two of bottle age.
Smoky, charcoal and rich berry flavors have a sanguine edge, at points hinting at flesh yet clamping down with muscle-bound tannins. Needs time and should reward, yet there's plenty of extracted fruit in this. Best from 2014 through 2024.
A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature exhibits a dark ruby/purple color along with a lovely perfume of black currants, licorice and spice, an attractive texture, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and elegance combined with substance. This is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon to enjoy over the next 12-15 years. (RP)
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