Viader Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley V 2000
"V" is an exclusive VIADER blend with a primary focus on Petit Verdot rounded up with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. “V” is intended to highlight the sophistication of Petit Verdot as a varietal. The result of this unique combination is a vibrant, sumptuous wine with a powerful but inviting presence.
External Reviews for Viader Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley V
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.
Ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, bitter cherry, green tobacco and licorice. Subtly sweet and full int he mouth, with a flavor of cocoa powder and sexy oak tones. Finishes with moderate tannins and a slight oaky dry edge.
Full ruby-red. Deep aromas of black raspberry, plum, black cherry, red currant, tobacco, licorice and sweet butter; an initially dusty element dissipated with aeration. Plummy and lush; at one fat and stylish, with suave oak tones and a big chocolately middle. Finishes with substantial, slightly dusty tannins.
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.
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. It's tightly built, leaving room for food; and it should only grow more accomodating as it ages.
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.
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.
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Intense concentrated fruit with black currents, layers of chocolate, hints of licorice, anise, earth and leather, with a long, complex, and lingering aftertaste. Powerful and rich fruit with well-incorporated tannins- though not overpowering-lead to an elegant and graceful gem. Although quite approachable, it will continue to age superbly over the next two decades. Best to drink in 5 to 7 years.