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2006 Viader Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Franc Dare Napa Valley
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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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2006 Viader Vineyards & Winery Cabernet Franc Dare Napa Valley

Producer: Viader Vineyards & Winery
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Franc
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2008

($40) Dark red. Spicy aromas of bitter cherry, flowers, licorice and menthol. Juicy and intense, with a creamy quality and lovely aromatic lift to its flavors of bitter cherry and flowers. Finishes perfumed and persistent, with rather suave tannins. A lovely cabernet franc bottling. (I preferred this wine to the drier '05, which I scored 90 points a year ago but 89 in March.)

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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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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is one of the three principal varieties in Bordeaux, as well as being the dominant variety in the fine wines of the western Loire Valley. In Bordeaux's Left Bank, Cabernet Franc serves as a blending component adding aromatic complexity to the more muscular Cabernet Sauvignon. On the Right Bank, the grape is found in the clay soils of St. Emilion, where it...
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