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Professional Ratings: 92 Wine Spectator, 91 The Wine Advocate, 90 International Wine Cellar
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Item no. 60975
Viader produces less than 5,000 cases per year. The blend of 60% Cabernet and 40% Cabernet Franc enhances the wine with great aromatics and bright cherry fruit. Viader prides itself in producing wines that are 100% organically grown, hand farmed with very low yields per acre.
Intense concentrated fruit with black currents, layers of chocolate, hints of licorice, anise, earth and leather, with a long, complex, and lingering aftertaste. Powerful nose and rich everlasting core of red and black fruits with well-incorporated tannins— though not overpowering—lead to an elegant and graceful gem. Although quite approachable, it will continue to age superbly over the next two decades. It is best to drink around 5 to 7 years from vintage date for added bottle bouquet & complexity.
Graceful and complex, with layers of spice, dried berry, mocha, roasted herb and tobacco, smooth on the finish, with ripe integrated tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Displaying loads of complexity, this blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Cabernet Franc has a nose of bay leaf, black currants, cedar in a very perfumed, medium-bodied, quintessentially elegant style. It is not a far-fetched comparison to call this Napa Valley Cheval Blanc, although that wine is a nearly equal part blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon rather than Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
Good ruby-red color. Vibrant aromas of blackberry, violet, tobacco, cedar and chocolatey oak. Sweet, supple and silky, with a burnished oak element and broad, fine tannins. Distinctly creamy in the middle, even on the soft side. Not quite as gripping as it appeared to be from barrel a year ago, but aromatic and suave. The cabernet franc was less potent in 2001 than in 2002, notes Viader, who told me that her wine is always under 14%.