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Viader Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley V 2005

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Each year “V” is blended and aged over two years in new French oak barrels with its more recognized cousin, Cabernet Sauvignon, to express the uniqueness of the vintage. With incredibly intriguing qualities, the fruit and structure of the 2005 “V” exudes a tantalizing touch of mystery. Rose petals and harmonizing aromas of dry sandalwood and burnt caramel bring back memories of caramel brittle. Vibrant black cherries, black currant and pomegranate coat the palate with piquant spice, full body and vanillin on the finish. The most unique “V” to date.

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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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External Reviews for Viader Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley V

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/30/2010

This blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and 39% Cabernet Franc reveals attractive cassis and blueberry notes, subtle oak, and spice. This wine is graceful, elegant, and medium-bodied, with sweet ripe tannin, and a moderate finish. It will drink well for... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 1999 Viader Vineyards Proprietary Red Wine 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

(a blend of 55% petit verdot, 35% cabernet sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc; Delia Viader says it's the cabernet franc, not the estate's rather serious merlot, that brings a softness to this wine) Medium ruby. Cool aromas of bitter cherry, dark choco... Stephen Tanzer. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 1999 Viader Vineyards V 750ml


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Vintage: 2001 05/19/2011

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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Vintage: 2001 05/19/2011

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.


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Vintage: 2001 05/19/2011

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.


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Vintage: 2001 05/19/2011

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.


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Vintage: 2001 05/19/2011

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.


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The wines made from these grapes show such a distinct personality as to remind you of “liquid bittersweet chocolate in the glass,” but with fewer calories.

Each year “V” is blended and aged over two years in new French oak barrels with its more recognized cousin, Cabernet Sauvignon, to express the uniqueness of the vintage. With incredibly intriguing qualities, the fruit and structure of the 2005 “V” exudes a tantalizing touch of mystery. Rose petals and harmonizing aromas of dry sandalwood and burnt caramel bring back memories of caramel brittle. Vibrant black cherries, black currant and pomegranate coat the palate with piquant spice, full body and vanillin on the finish. The most unique “V” to date.

Closure: Cork

Aged 24 months in French Oak.

Notes: 80% new oak barrels


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