Viader Proprietary Red 1997

Red Blends from Napa Valley, California

Price: $109.00
Item No. 11985
  • WS97
  • ST93
  • RP92
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Winemaker's Notes

Viader captures an ideal balance between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon adds complexity and character as well as the backbone structure for long aging potential while Cabernet Franc contributes to the early approachability, elegant structure and violet-like aromatics. Viader is made from the finest selection of our hillside estate on Howell Mountain.

Critical Acclaim

"Beautifully proportioned, rich and complex, with ripe, concentrated plum, currant, black cherry, mocha, toasty oak and spice nuances. Turns smooth and silky on a long, elegant finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc."
97 Points

"Deep ruby color. Lively aromas of black cherry, cassis, tobacco leaf and licorice. Lush, sweet and harmonious in the middle palate; has a downright velvety texture and a chocolatey flavor. Superripe but not syrupy. Finishes with terrific persistence and very suave tannins. Will be a superb vintage for this wine.
Range: 90-93"
93 Points

"The terrific 1997 Proprietary Red is the finest Viader I have tasted. It is a wine of exceptional finesse and elegance, yet undeniable richness and intensity. This blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Cabernet Franc tastes like a top Graves from Bordeaux. Subtle spicy oak emerges from this dark ruby/purple-colored wine, along with scents of black currants, minerals, and lead pencil. In the mouth, earthy, terroir characteristics combine with sweet black fruits in this medium-bodied, rich wine. There is a juicy mid-palate as well as considerable grace and harmony in the finish. The tannin is largely obscured by the wine's outstanding concentration."
92 Points

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The Viader Estate has 30 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Founded in 1987, Viader is located northeast of St. Helena, at 1200 feet above the Napa Valley floor, on Howell Mountain. Their organically farmed vineyards, established by Delia Viader on land acquired by her father in the early 1980s, produce limited quantities of Bordeaux-style red wines and Syrah.

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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