Darioush Chardonnay Napa Valley 2009
Vibrant key lime, orange blossom and honeysuckle aromas predominate. Upon release, the wine is blessed with an exceptionally graceful and persistent mouthfeel defined by Fuji apple and white peach. Youthful, with a firm mineral structure, the wine shows delicacy and complexity in the finish with notes of hazelnut oil, chalk, and creamy vanilla bean. Aged 11 months in 70% new French oak- Siruge, Damy and Francois Freres Burgundy barrels. Winemaker: Steve Devitt. 1,410 cases produced. Not yet reviewed; 2008 vintage rated 95 points by Connoisseurs' Guide.
Darioush, a winery noted for its Bordeaux style estate wines, implements old world labor-intensive, micro-vineyard management and new world state of the art technology to craft fine wines from its estates located in the appellations of Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder and Oak Knoll. Under the direction of Darioush Khaledi and winemaker Steve Devitt, precision and quality are of the utmost importance at the winery.