Darioush Napa Valley 2013 Merlot, $50.99-$59.99, 93 points, poured a deep American Natural Red color
with a transparent wine ring and a glass wall of some sheeting.
The floral/herbaceous aromas were excellent.
Full round body, even velvety, with good acidity and fine supportive tannins carried a delicious balance of herbs, spices, and a touch of Slivovitz (dried plum brandy).
Finished long on a pleasing oaky plum, tobacco notes, hot spices, and a not so shy 14.8% alcohol.
The three of us loved this wine, a bit pricy, but in general the lowly Merlot in its more rarified incarnations, are usually pricy.
The 2013 Darioush Merlot is just a babe, and will drink well for years to come, and dare I say: improve in finesse.
Varietals were 97% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Malbec.
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