Here is a big, bold Cabernet that fits the winery model to a "tee," and, as usual, Darioush manages to successfully pull off the trick in going right to the brink of being too much of a good thing without going too far. It is not a wine of subtlety and detail as much as it is one of unbridled richness and depth, but it is, at every stop, a fully expressed varietal working that will never be accused of playing it safe. It is high in tannin, yet it is not unduly coarse and is governed by intense, generously oaked, very sure curranty fruit right to the end, and it will take to age famously. Allow for at least five years of waiting here, and anticipate that it will improve for ten or more. *Two Stars*
The basic 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is soft, easygoing, not nearly as attractive as the special cuvée, but lush, consumer-friendly, and best drunk over the next 7-10 years. (RP)
Manages to balance two strong impressions, that of chewy, extracted dark berry flavors and accompanying tannins, resulting in a dusty, dry and savory mix that's years from cresting. Best from 2020 through 2033. (JL, Web only-2017)
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2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle "Cold Creek Vineyard" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $30)