Darioush, Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, USA, 2016
Signature Cabernet Sauvignon
Platinum - Best in Show: Best in Show
83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot
No region can mix ease of access with both the stamp of terroir and a fine-wine dignity quite like the Napa valley, and this 2016 example lives up to all the regional promise. It's a dark red-black in colour, with exuberant yet refined berry fruits; the palate is soft, rich, open, mixing a little fig, pepper and tobacco with generous plum and bramble. Look out, too, for the salve of its tannins. Billowing Napa Cabernet provides the core of the blend, yet 6% of Merlot and 7% of Cabernet Franc help the wine maintain its complexity all the way to a dark, softly smoky finish.