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Viader Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2003

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“V” is an exclusive VIADER blend with a primary focus on Petit Verdot rounded up with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Each year, differing amounts of these varietals are carefully selected to create a blend that best expresses the character and nature of the VIADER Estate. “V” is intended to highlight the sophistication of Petit Verdot as a varietal. Petit Verdot imparts deep color, tannin and piquant spice to the blend. Cabernet Sauvignon maintains the balance and a smaller percentage of Cabernet Franc adds plushness to the finish. The result of this unique combination is a vibrant, sumptuous wine with a powerful but inviting presence. THE TERROIR OF “V”: “V” originates on the vertically planted slopes of the Viader Estate. Located on the northeast side of Saint Helena, the vineyards sit atop 1,200 feet on Howell Mountain. Our Petit Verdot vines face northwest on exposed rocky terrain, which limits yields while forcing the grapes to fully ripen under an acceptable amount of duress. THE VINIFICATION OF “V”: The lots for “V” are hand-selected and vinified separately with the use of long extended maceration. We allow malolactic fermentation to occur only in the barrel. “V” is aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels. The 2003 vintage produced less than 400 cases. 2003 GROWING SEASON Beginning with a series of early heat spikes in March, followed by the wettest April on record and continuing with a nice cool summer allowed the fruit flavors to evolve beautifully ahead of sugar accumulation. Long “hang-time” on the vine brought balanced phenolics/acidity levels. Our estate vineyards are farmed using organically certified materials and we have been farming bio-dynamically since 2002.

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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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3.50 5
05/21/2008

Three and a half glasses



“V” is an exclusive VIADER blend with a primary focus on Petit Verdot rounded up with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Each year, differing amounts of these varietals are carefully selected to create a blend that best expresses the character and nature of the VIADER Estate. “V” is intended to highlight the sophistication of Petit Verdot as a varietal. Petit Verdot imparts deep color, tannin and piquant spice to the blend. Cabernet Sauvignon maintains the balance and a smaller percentage of Cabernet Franc adds plushness to the finish. The result of this unique combination is a vibrant, sumptuous wine with a powerful but inviting presence. THE TERROIR OF “V”: “V” originates on the vertically planted slopes of the Viader Estate. Located on the northeast side of Saint Helena, the vineyards sit atop 1,200 feet on Howell Mountain. Our Petit Verdot vines face northwest on exposed rocky terrain, which limits yields while forcing the grapes to fully ripen under an acceptable amount of duress. THE VINIFICATION OF “V”: The lots for “V” are hand-selected and vinified separately with the use of long extended maceration. We allow malolactic fermentation to occur only in the barrel. “V” is aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels. The 2003 vintage produced less than 400 cases. 2003 GROWING SEASON Beginning with a series of early heat spikes in March, followed by the wettest April on record and continuing with a nice cool summer allowed the fruit flavors to evolve beautifully ahead of sugar accumulation. Long “hang-time” on the vine brought balanced phenolics/acidity levels. Our estate vineyards are farmed using organically certified materials and we have been farming bio-dynamically since 2002.

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