Darioush

Signature Napa Valley Merlot

9.261 ratings
9.15 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Meg Santanna

Merlot gets a bad rap. Everyone always quotes Paul Giamatti's Sideways line: "I'm not drinking any f#*%ing merlot!"... could one sentence bear so much weight?! Apparently the bias was formed when producers sacrificed quality for quantity when the varietal became popular. Even thou it's more of a blending grape, I am a big fan of a good Merlot. And at our wine dinner Thur, I liked Darioush's Merlot just as much as the Cab (and it was half the price). Lots of fruit and softer in a way. (Softer is undervalued these days)

Merlot gets a bad rap. Everyone always quotes Paul Giamatti's Sideways line: "I'm not drinking any f#*%ing merlot!"... could one sentence bear so much weight?! Apparently the bias was formed when producers sacrificed quality for quantity when the varietal became popular. Even thou it's more of a blending grape, I am a big fan of a good Merlot. And at our wine dinner Thur, I liked Darioush's Merlot just as much as the Cab (and it was half the price). Lots of fruit and softer in a way. (Softer is undervalued these days)

2 people found it helpfulMay 1st, 2016
Henry Fuseler

6/19. Best Merlot for me. Big and bold. Lingers on the palate.

6/19. Best Merlot for me. Big and bold. Lingers on the palate.

1 person found it helpfulJul 2nd, 2019
Doc Jay

Spicy

Spicy

May 19th, 2016
Amit Srivastava

Opened a merlot after a long time ... well balanced . No decanting . Not v big on the palate .. just right

Opened a merlot after a long time ... well balanced . No decanting . Not v big on the palate .. just right

Aug 16th, 2020
Rob Mayes

Green vine. Showing older than it is. It's fine. Didn't love.

Green vine. Showing older than it is. It's fine. Didn't love.

Sep 20th, 2017
Tree Kilpatrick

Mushrooms and earthy elements on nose. Cherry and berry with cola. Plenty of dry tannin. Intense and deep. A real mans, man of a merlot. Overpriced, but good.

Mushrooms and earthy elements on nose. Cherry and berry with cola. Plenty of dry tannin. Intense and deep. A real mans, man of a merlot. Overpriced, but good.

Jun 16th, 2017
Marty McNees

Drinking great now. The Reason I seek out this wine.

Drinking great now. The Reason I seek out this wine.

May 20th, 2017
Baleigh Euhus

I don't think you can buy this anywhere in Manhattan right now because I've literally purchased every bottle of it I could find... Incredible Merlot that drinks more like a Cabernet. Tobacco, blackberry, and espresso on the palate with ridiculously silky tannins.

I don't think you can buy this anywhere in Manhattan right now because I've literally purchased every bottle of it I could find... Incredible Merlot that drinks more like a Cabernet. Tobacco, blackberry, and espresso on the palate with ridiculously silky tannins.

May 4th, 2017
Cody Schwarz

Yes please! Very solid.

Yes please! Very solid.

Apr 8th, 2017
Baleigh Euhus

I've never been a fan of Merlot, but this bottle is AMAZING. Will drink again soon!

I've never been a fan of Merlot, but this bottle is AMAZING. Will drink again soon!

Feb 26th, 2017