Del Dotto Vineyards Napa Valley
David Del Dotto is a relatively new name in the Napa Valley wine community but he has one of the most unconventional approaches to selling and marketing his wines. Only a proportion of his resources go into producing the wines rated below which he sells in general distribution as well as at the winery tasting room. What is most unusual is that wines are also sold in barrel as futures and his customers can, with a little guidance, effectively select their own blend. Currently based in both the south eastern Napa Valley, as well as at a new cellar just to the south of St Helena which will no doubt become an important visit for quality minded consumers. A further development is some very promising Pinot Noir being produced from vineyards purchased from Bill Smith of WH SMITH on the Sonoma Coast as well as Chardonnay from a site neighbouring MARCASSIN. A number of vineyards are now estate owned and this will be increased over time with all being farmed organically. Sangiovese is vibrant, well structured and full of dark-cherry fruit.
Syrah offers very good varietal purity in a full-bodied dark and sweet fruited style with a hint of black pepper and spice. The ripe, chocolatey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% varietal and sourced from vines grown on the Rutherford Bench. A very good elegant and ripe black fruited Cabernet Franc is produced from both estate and other vineyards. Howell Mountain is the source of a firmly structured Cabernet Sauvignon that is marked by not only rich dark fruit but also an elegant mineral character. Among a wide range of small lot super premium reds is the David Red, which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It is very much in the lush, open and richly textured house style and offers impressive depth and concentration. Finally if you pay a visit there are a number of characterful port style fortifieds to try. (DM)
To find out more about Darioush and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide Napa and Carneros..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)