Monday, September 04, 2006



Darioush Khaledi grew up in Shiraz, prime wine country in Iran. His father was a winemaker and from a young age Darioush was fascinated with wine and the processes of producing it. As a young adult he collected fine wines further developing his connection to wine. In the late 70s Darioush immigrated to Southern California where along with his brother in law found success in the grocery business. As his grocery business grew Darioush turned his attention towards the production of wine. The stunning winery and visitor centre established in 2004 is the culmination of years of work and is a beautiful representation of the refinement and uniqueness that distinguishes all Darioush wines. Darioush produces fine Bordeaux style wines and is renowned as a distinctive producer of Californian wines.

Darioush Signature Cabernet 2003

This bottle opens with a warm plum glow and a fresh bursting hit of wild berry aromas. The wine flows like silk onto the palate delivering rich creamy flavors of bittersweet chocolate, espresso and crème de cassis with underlying notes of cedar, spice and vanilla. This wine is delightfully rich and ripe and will deepen with age.

Darioush Signature Cabernet 2002

This is a seductive daring vintage with a deep opulent glow and a fresh ripe nose of berries. This refined wine is distinguished by a rich heavy texture that floods the senses and fills the mouth with cassis, crème de cassis, espresso and chocolate. Hints of cedar spice and vanilla oak complete the taste and linger on the finish. This wine is distinguished by its depth, balance and ripeness; this is a wine that will mature very well.

Darioush Signature Cabernet 2001

This is a sensual wine with a bursting nose that explodes from the glass with delicious mocha, cassis and blackberries layered upon licorice and sweet vanilla. The mouth is filled with lashings of rich dark fruits that gently linger like silk on the palate. Smooth tannins, a fresh concentration of fruit and a long lingering finish define this vintage.

Darioush Signature Cabernet 2000

This is a highly expressive bottle with warm aromas rising from the glass inviting the senses. Layers of licorice, cassis and blackberries complement rich decadent mocha, espresso and vanilla. The mouth is treated with a heavy concentration of ripe dark fruits and a velvet flow. This wine is completed with a long refined finish.

Darioush Signature Cabernet 1999

This signature bottle opens up with a refined nose of cherry, black currants and fennel. The bouquet reveals hints of spice and cedar and layers of roast coffee, vanilla and sweets notes of violets. The aromas deepen on the palate coating the mouth with a rich texture and full complex flavor. The wine is sweet to finish and lingers with a hit of spice.

Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

This wine possesses a dark plum tone and a ripe nose of fruit. Juicy plum, currants and cherry dominate and deepen sweetly on the palate. The mouth is round and supple with a velvet flow and layers of fruit. The finish is sweet and lingering with a touch of oak.

Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

This wine opens with a swirling red hue and a sweet nose. Aromas of red and black currants, notes of vanilla and subtle oak rise out of the glass. The wine flows warmly onto the palate revealing a smooth tannins and layers of blueberries. The finish is both sweet and warm with a very soft hint of spice.

Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

This vintage simply bursts with divine fruit essences on both the nose and mouth. This wine slides onto the palate fulfilling the promise of concentrated dark fruits and an underlying oak balance. This is a refined bottle with a lingering rosy finish.

Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

This wine opens with an effervescent red tone and delivers a rich hit of black berries, cassis and currants on the nose. The flavors echo on the palate with rich layers of mocha, roasted coffee and cocoa combining sweetly to cover the mouth. The finish is full of fruit and notes of coffee.

Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

This is a classic Bordeaux style red with a rich nose of spicy earth, cocoa and coffee. Hints of green tea deepen on the bouquet and flow effortlessly onto the palate. The flavors are vibrant and decadent blackberries, currants and notes of oak. The wine is completed with a warm soft finish and rich supple tannins.