Grown from two designated blocks on the Darioush estate in Napa Valley and Oak Knoll, Duel is the idyllic marriage of two distinguished varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. This unique blend offers a rich chocolate core and earthy minerality lent by Cabernet Sauvignon, with exotic spice and ripe berry fruits inherently found in Darioush Shiraz.
Ushered in by a potpourri of spices and vibrant, dark fruits– it’s no surprise that 2009 Duel is the first vintage to feature Shiraz as the predominant element of the final blend. Look for juicy black cherries and boysenberries balanced by earthy, cinnamon and allspice notes.
COMPOSITION: 65% Shiraz, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Darioush Estate Vineyards in Napa Valley and Oak Knoll
COOPERAGE: Aged 20 months in 50% new François Frères and Damy French oak barrels from Troncais
WINEMAKER: Steve Devitt
AVAILABILITY: 986 cases