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Viader Premier 2000

External Review by Premium Wine & Spirits:

Co-winemakers Delia Viader and Charles Hendricks grow this supple blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (61 percent) and Franc (39) on a slope of Howell Mountain at 1,200 feet, but despite the mountain origins therersquo;s a soft feel here. Itrsquo;s plush in fruit, chocolate-graham in tannin and solidly built, a tight package even for all its soft touches, just at the peak of ripeness. Then therersquo;s an earthy, herbal character that lasts, a natural for aging at least eight to ten years from the vintage.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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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

External Reviews for Viader Premier

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Co-winemakers Delia Viader and Charles Hendricks grow this supple blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (61 percent) and Franc (39) on a slope of Howell Mountain at 1,200 feet, but despite the mountain origins therersquo;s a soft feel here. Itrsquo;s plush in fruit, chocolate-graham in tannin and solidly built, a tight package even for all its soft touches, just at the peak of ripeness. Then therersquo;s an earthy, herbal character that lasts, a natural for aging at least eight to ten years from the vintage.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This restrained 1998 (a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Cabernet Franc) recalls a Meacute;doc claret. The wine unfolds gracefully on the palate to reveal flavors of black currants, tar, earth, creamy vanillin, and subtle oak. A medium to full-bodied, stylish, elegant red that requires some introspection, this impressive offering can be drunk now as well as over the next 12ndash;15 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Intense, a bit raw and chewy, with firm tannins, but therersquo;s beautiful fruit. Rich currant, anise, earth, and leather, firming on the finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Against her fatherrsquo;s advise, Argentina-born Delia Viader planted a steep, densely spaced 23-acre Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc vineyard at a 1,200-foot elevation on Howell Mountain in 1987. Since the debut of her St.-Emilion-inspired blend in 1989, she has elevated Viader to one of the most sought-after California wines.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This elegant, Bordeaux-styled blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Cabernet Franc boasts a deep ruby/purple-hued color as well as lovely aromas of smoke, plum, blueberries, and lead pencil shavings. Medium-bodied with sweet tannin, and a supple, approachable style, it should drink well for 10ndash;12 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A Mediterranean style Cabernet in its lean feel and lifted aromatics, this takes a bold and sophisticated stance. The Cabernet Sauvignon tannins are hard and firm; the Cabernet Franc (45 percent) gives an acidity as earthy as a yellow heirloom tomato. Itrsquo;s tightly built, leaving room for food; and it should only grow more accomodating as it ages.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

(Barrel tasting) A seductive, smooth and richly flavored wine, with layers of chocolate, black cherry, plum and spice. Long, complex aftertaste.


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