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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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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011
(a blend of 52% cabernet sauvignon, 44% syrah, 3% malbec and 1% cabernet franc; no new oak): Raspberry, redcurrant, licorice, flowers, mint and cedary, vanillin oak on the ripe nose. Juicy, spicy and intense, with good floral lift to the strawberry and cherry fruit. Fairly substantial tannins really spread out on the finish. I find this very easy to drink. Alan Viader told me that this wine is meant to replace the estate's syrah bottling, and is designed to have bright acidity and to permit early drinking. It's sold only via the winery's mailing list.