93pts Connoisseurs' Guide
Darioush Chardonnays are never lacking for richness, and the latest fits the winery style to a “tee.” Led in the nose by a full flush of concentrated, ripe apple fruit with layers of sweet oak, baking spice and roasted-grain complexities making for a broad, and involving aromatic start, the wine follows up with substantial, very continuous flavors that do not miss a beat. Although fairly full, it exhibits excellent balance and fruity energy, and, if not a Chardonnay likely to be embraced by minimalists who champion the idea that less is more, those looking for one that delivers richness to spare will not be disappointed.
Signature Chardonnay shows remarkable harmony and balance in its youth, characteristic of the finest examples of this noble variety. From its alluring aromatic entry to its persistent mineral-laden finish, the 2018 vintage shows impressive symmetry and delineation. Honeycrisp apple and Bosc pear flavors are energized by clean, bright layers of tangy citrus and stony minerality— lemon blossom, kumquat, Gravenstein apple, and apricot. Our cellar regimen of French oak fermentation and sur-lie aging lends additional complexity with hints of baking spice, creme brulee, and hazelnuts, while gentle racking preserves the wine’s integrity and nuance without fining or filtration.