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Viader Cabernet Franc Napa Valley Dare 2003

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Following the initial release of 2003 DARE Tempranillo earlier this year, we are pleased to announce our second offering from the DARE a part of Viader label: The 2003 DARE Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Franc is one of the five major grape varieties of Bordeaux and is considered among the top three along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Recent studies, using the relatively new application of DNA fingerprinting, have determined that Cabernet Franc is in fact one of the genetic parents of Cabernet Sauvignon (the other being Sauvignon Blanc). Cabernet Franc vines bear thinner-skinned grapes with lower overall acidity when compared with Cabernet Sauvignon, although Cabernet Franc normally buds and ripens earlier. France is the global leader in Cabernet Franc with over 35,000 acres planted. St. Emilion, Pomerol, the Loire Valley (where it is known as Breton) and southwest France (a.k.a. Bouchy) are all home to Cabernet Franc. Outside of France, most major wine growing regions dapple in Cabernet Franc. California has about 2,000 acres—mostly planted since 1980, over half of which are in Napa and Sonoma. The first plantings of Cabernet Franc on the Viader estate occurred in 1987 and form an integral part of our proprietary wine. The fruit for the DARE Cabernet Franc is sourced from our own estate vineyards and from Jan Krupp’s Stagecoach Vineyard which sits on the upper surface of the Vaca Mountain Range above Oakville. Both vineyards are exceptionally rocky. At Viader, these grapes receive the same treatment as the proprietary wines; extended cold soaking, warm fermentations, extended macerations and malolactic in barrel with batonnage. As we intend this wine to be drunk earlier than the Viader, the wine is aged on primary lees for 6 months before being racked and blended to impart mid-palate weight and texture. The 2003 DARE Cabernet Franc has a purple-red core with a ruby-red rim. The lifted aromatics exhibit red plums, raspberry and bing cherry supported by secondary notes of east Indian spice and cardamon. On the palate, the wine shows a plush entry that leads to a well-defined mid-palate and a long, textured finish.

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Viader Vineyards & Winery:
VIADER's vineyards and winery are located on the steep rocky slopes of Howell Mountain in the Napa Valley. While raising four children on her own, Argentine-born Delia Viader forged the vision and design for her unique estate vineyard property, wine blend and brand. Because of her dedication, persistence and insight, VIADER was recognized early on as a first growth property and the wines... Read more
VIADER's vineyards and winery are located on the steep rocky slopes of Howell Mountain in the Napa Valley. While raising four children on her own, Argentine-born Delia Viader forged the vision and design for her unique estate vineyard property, wine blend and brand. Because of her dedication, persistence and insight, VIADER was recognized early on as a first growth property and the wines have been highly coveted since inception. She has earned the reputation as a pioneer for planting the vines running directly down the mountain, in a style normally found in Europe. After some initial criticism, the planting technique with its vertical trellises is now regarded as an ideal model for growing super-premium quality grapes. The original focus on Cabernet Franc as the main blending component was a natural homage to Delia's European roots and her love of Cheval Blanc. In the last few years, Delia's children have joined the business, making this a true family operation. Read less

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Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
04/30/2010

Viader Vineyards DARE Cabernet Franc 2003 and all other wine from Viader Vineyards are available for immediate delivery and discounted prices from CheaperCigars.com. We also carry wide variety of wine from USA and across the globe.



Following the initial release of 2003 DARE Tempranillo earlier this year, we are pleased to announce our second offering from the DARE a part of Viader label: The 2003 DARE Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Franc is one of the five major grape varieties of Bordeaux and is considered among the top three along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Recent studies, using the relatively new application of DNA fingerprinting, have determined that Cabernet Franc is in fact one of the genetic parents of Cabernet Sauvignon (the other being Sauvignon Blanc). Cabernet Franc vines bear thinner-skinned grapes with lower overall acidity when compared with Cabernet Sauvignon, although Cabernet Franc normally buds and ripens earlier. France is the global leader in Cabernet Franc with over 35,000 acres planted. St. Emilion, Pomerol, the Loire Valley (where it is known as Breton) and southwest France (a.k.a. Bouchy) are all home to Cabernet Franc. Outside of France, most major wine growing regions dapple in Cabernet Franc. California has about 2,000 acres—mostly planted since 1980, over half of which are in Napa and Sonoma. The first plantings of Cabernet Franc on the Viader estate occurred in 1987 and form an integral part of our proprietary wine. The fruit for the DARE Cabernet Franc is sourced from our own estate vineyards and from Jan Krupp’s Stagecoach Vineyard which sits on the upper surface of the Vaca Mountain Range above Oakville. Both vineyards are exceptionally rocky. At Viader, these grapes receive the same treatment as the proprietary wines; extended cold soaking, warm fermentations, extended macerations and malolactic in barrel with batonnage. As we intend this wine to be drunk earlier than the Viader, the wine is aged on primary lees for 6 months before being racked and blended to impart mid-palate weight and texture. The 2003 DARE Cabernet Franc has a purple-red core with a ruby-red rim. The lifted aromatics exhibit red plums, raspberry and bing cherry supported by secondary notes of east Indian spice and cardamon. On the palate, the wine shows a plush entry that leads to a well-defined mid-palate and a long, textured finish.

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