About Viader Vineyards & Winery
Since she released her first vintage in 1989, Delia Viader's flagship Proprietary blend has been an elegant, juicy, harmonious midweight whose sizable Cabernet Franc component contributes blackberry and licorice elements and a pronounced violet character to the core of Cabernet Sauvignon. According to Viader, her success comes from the terroir—a sunny spot at the foot of Howell Mountain—but we know it helps to have a bright mind calling the shots too.
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($90; a 69/31 blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc) Good full ruby-red. Highly complex nose offers currant, plum, blueberry, bitter chocolate and herbs. Suave, silky and downright creamy in the mouth, with lovely breadth and palate coverage. Fresh but harmonious acidity gives this a rather sophisticated texture. In comparison to the easier, fruit-forward 2004, this one is more characterized by its bite and structure.
Keeps getting better
Drank on NYE. Stunning, not a bomb, but one of the best I have.
Me and my Viader is almost as good as me and my Viagra
Another favorite from day days living in Napa.
Wonderful wine! Awesome flavors/aromas of Chocolate that goes for days! Well crafted artisanal wine.
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Viader: consistently excellent
one word only
smooth.......................... i marked this private. not going to share it with anyone!
Smooth, easy to drink, can't wait for next year to see it grow
wish I could give 4.5 stars. This is a very good wine. Not that big, but complex and has that French thing, that Cali wines like to say they have but never do. I'm glad I have five more.
Let this one breathe for two hours, then enjoy!
This wine needs aerated or let it breathe for at least two hours, otherwise the tannins are heavy. It is deep purple in color, with notes of berry and chocolate. What a fantastic wine. I drank it without pairing it with food so I could enjoy the complexities of the wine.
Big and tasty - would buy again
very nice -intense but not as fruit forward as hoped for from a Mountain wine. I like it very much just the same!!!
Disappointing. Never opened up after many hours and remained very one dimensional. Maybe it's in a closed phase now, but there are many other better choices of similar wines out there drinking well.
The wine was nice, but if I had paid full price for it I would have been disappointed.
This was the first Viadar I've had the opportunity to purchase, but I've tasted several vintages with friends over the year. To be honest, I was disappointed in the bottle I opened. I understand I need to cellar this for a while, but the wine was bitter and sharp and did not open over time -- not what I was expecting.
About Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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