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Best of the Best 2013: Domestic White Wines: Darioush 2007 Shahpar Late Harvest

Brett Anderson

With its rows of monolithic columns, travertine walls, and windows of tinted glass, the winery complex at Darioush—one of the Napa Valley’s most exacting producers—represents a synthesis of the ancient and the contemporary. Indeed, this marriage of East and West also finds expression in the personality of the winery’s owner, Darioush Khaledi (an immigrant from Iran who established the label in 1997), as well as in his wines, which are warm, generous, and complex. The jasmine-scented Darioush 2007 Shahpar Late Harvest (www.darioush.com, $70 per 375 mL), a blend of botrytis-enhanced Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc named for Khaledi’s wife, brims with flavors of candied apricot, orange zest, vanilla, and toasted hazelnut.