1999 Viader Vineyards & Winery Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley

1999 Viader Vineyards & Winery Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley

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94 Points Wine Spectator
89 Points Wine Advocate

Customer Ratings

Based on 5 ratings
Another Calf. Cab. that Worth the Money

Wonderful aromas. Rich and complex with plum, cherry and spice in flavors. Firm, smooth and silky in tannins with an elegant and long after taste. Fruitier and softer than the '98 vintage.

Great but......

Great wine. Not too flamboyant. Has good earth. Subtle. Charming wine. But, $75-$80? This does not hold a candle to some $50-$75 Cali Cabs (Caymus, Raymond Generations, Cinq Cepages, Newton Unfiltered, Pride, etc).

About Viader Vineyards & Winery

Producer Facts

Winery Name

Viader Vineyards & Winery

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Delia Viader

Napa Valley 1999

Napa’s 1999 was a slow-paced, cool growing season with very few heat spikes, which allowed a long hang-time for flavors, sugars, and tannins to come into perfectly balanced ripeness. If growers picked too early, instead of waiting it out in the long, dry Indian summer condition for the grapes to slowly come to maturity, or failed to crop thin and balance fruit loads for the cooler conditions, the vines struggled to get to perfect physiological ripeness, leaving a little flavor on the table and imparting a hard edge to the tannins. The best wines — and there are many outstanding wines in this cool, compact yet powerful vintage — are structured, concentrated, and focused, with the tannins and depth to age for the long haul.

The spring was cool and lingering, followed by a mild summer with a significant hot spell in early July. The weather warmed up again in late September as the harvest was underway. There was very little rainfall from April through October, resulting in concentrated, small berries. The long, cool season kept acids bright and fresh, and there is something to the argument that this was a more “European” styled vintage in the best sense of the term.

Solid, compact, structured wines, with somewhat Bordeaux-like interplay between power, structure, fruit, acidity, and elegance — the best of which should age well for a decade or two at least.


Key Dates

Scattered showers and hail over Memorial Day Weekend (North Coast)

Heavy winds and coldest recorded temperatures to date

Lowest accumulated temperature for in a quarter century

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