TN: 2005 Darioush - Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

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TN: 2005 Darioush - Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

#1 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » May 27th, 2016, 12:10 pm

2005 Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley (3/4/2016)
-- opened one hour before initial taste --
-- tasted non-blind --
-- 375mL bottle --

NOSE: dark red fruits; a bit sweet and fumey

BODY: medium-fine sediment present; dark red color of great depth; medium-full to full bodied.

TASTE: oaky; alcoholic --- labelled at 14.8%; very ripe non-descript fruit; alcohol is noticeable; fairly bitter; not digging it.
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Re: TN: 2005 Darioush - Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

#2 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » April 15th, 2019, 10:15 am

2005 Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley (4/10/2019)
-- decanted immediately before initial taste --
-- tasted non-blind over 2 hours --
-- 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Malbec --

NOSE: dark; bitter cherry; light to medium oak presence; alcohol is noticeable.

BODY: blood red color of great depth; full bodied; sediment present.

TASTE: oaky; chewable aspirin; ripe; no pencil shavings; no funk; low acidity; paired well with steak; good, not excellent, for the style (big/ripe) --- unfortunately, it's not a style I prefer; poor QPR at the price I paid a decade ago, and, assuming this wine continues to be made in the same style, even worse QPR at today's going rate; gut impression score: 87 – 88. Although this doesn't feature any tertiary characteristics I think this is best consumed Now and over the next 5 years: it seems too alcoholic and too low in acidity for this to go anywhere positive from here.
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Re: TN: 2005 Darioush - Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

#3 Post by Chris Seiber » April 15th, 2019, 10:17 am

But the tasting room is so fancy!

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Re: TN: 2005 Darioush - Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

#4 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » April 15th, 2019, 11:08 am

The tasting room *is* very nice!

This bottle represented one of the few remaining "mistakes" in our collection. This bottle was purchased a bit more than a decade ago, shortly after our only trip to Napa. A wine enthusiast friend brought us around to a few spots in Napa, and Darioush was one of them. Ashley and I quite liked their wines, and I bought a few shortly thereafter. Fast forward 10+ years, and here my wife and I sit with significantly different palate preferences. Glad to make the space in the cellar (and with how obnoxious these bottles are, I may have cleared enough room for a magnum.
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Re: TN: 2005 Darioush - Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

#5 Post by Scott G r u n e r » April 16th, 2019, 8:33 am

That is my experience with many ultra-ripe, ultra-rich, ultra charred oaky cabs- Once the fruit fades, only bitter burnt flavors and booze remain. If you like the style, drink'em young.
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#6 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » April 17th, 2019, 5:11 pm

Yep. And, as someone who really doesn't enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon much until it develops some aged character, I really should avoid wines made in this style. ... always learning. [cheers.gif]
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