Darioush Shiraz Napa Valley 2012

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Napa Valley

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Voluptuously rich and concentrated, this full-bodied wine is spectacular in leather, tobacco and a whiff of grilled game. While dense, and age-worthy, now through 2022, it remains balanced and vibrant on the palate and would make a wonderful companion to hearty foods. - VIRGINIE BOONE

Darioush Winery is a California wine producer located off the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley, and was established in 1997 by Darioush Khaledi. It is known as a "destination winery" in Napa for its dramatic Persian architecture, and produces a range of wines that repeatedly receive high scores in the press, particularly the flagship label, Darius II.

Darioush Khaledi was born and raised in Iran, where his father made wine as a hobby. He immigrated to the United States in the 1970s, and founded a successful grocery store chain called KV Mart. On his 20th wedding anniversary, he visited Napa Valley with his wife, where they tried California wines for the first time, and decided to buy land and start a winery.