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Viader Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2000
"Lotsof attractive, up-front fruit pleasure, with a core of black cherry andblackberry shaded by cedar, mocha, coffee and leather. Finishes with asense of elegance and ripe, integrated tannins. Best from 2004 through2012. 4,647 cases made." Score: 92The Wine Spectator, November 15th, 2002"A blend of63% cabernet sauvignon and 37% cabernet franc. Bright ruby-red.Aromatic nose combines currant, black raspberry, violet, dark chocolateand sexy oak tones. Soft and appealing, with moderate density and firmacidity. Finishes with dusty, light tannins and very good length andgrip. Slightly disjointed today, in need of a year or so to absorb itsacidity."90 pointsBy Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 03
Still retains a great, ripe fruit nose. Rich, ripe red berry and some black fruit. Some hints of menthol. It has great structure and balance. Very rich and tasty. 10/28/11
External Reviews for Viader Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Proprietary Red
Very rich and distinctive, with spicy currant, leather, tobacco, cedar, and mocha aromas and complex, concentrated, earth, currant, spice and cedar flavors. Gains depth and nuance on the finish, where the flavors run deep and long. Tannins are firm and well-integrated. Drink now through 2012.
Lots of attractive, up-front fruit pleasure, with a core of black cherry and blackberry shaded by cedar, mocha, coffee and leather. Finishes with a sense of elegance and ripe, integrated tannins. Best from 2004 through 2012.
Against her father'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.
Bright ruby. Vibrant, multifaceted nose combines black raspberry, plum, bitter chocolate, leather, tar and smoke, plus a floral nuance. Bright, focused and very intensely flavored, with lovely sweetness and noteworthy detail. Bitter chocolate and dark berry notes, with a sweet overlay of oak. A structured, delineated wine with compelling density and sappy verve. The very long finish featured fine, complex tannins. A superb example that really captures the potential of this cool, European-styled vintage.
This restrained 1998 (a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon and 37% Cabernet Franc) recalls a Médoc 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 12-15 years.
Rookie of the year candidates are plentiful, but one of the most engaging first-time wines is the 1989 Viader Vineyards, a red Meritage wine from the Howell Mountain area in Napa Valley. Delia Viader is the owner and Tony Soter serves as winemaker. The wine is enormously rich and accessible, but should take well to cellaring. The quality level is strikingly high, considering the vintage.
The terrific 1997 Proprietary Red is the finest Viader I have tasted. It is a wine of exceptional finesse and elegance, yet undeniable richness and intensity. This blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Cabernet Franc tastes like a top Graves from Bordeaux. Subtle, spicy oak emerges from this dark ruby/purple-colored wine, along with scents of black currants, minerals, and lead pencil. In the mouth, earthy terrior characteristics combine with sweet black fruits in this medium-bodied, rich wine. There is a juicy mid-palate as well as considerable grace and harmony in the finish.