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Date Printed: 7/27/2016
Viader Proprietary Red 2002
Viader Proprietary Red 2002
(search item no. 79702)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/27/2016: $84.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2012 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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About Viader Vineyards:

Delia Viader is one of the true, visionary pioneers of the Napa Valley with consistently high-standards that she has passed onto the second generation of her family now fully involved in the Viader winery. As a woman winemaker and an early believer in the superior quality of mountain fruit, she has followed her own vision for how to create top-notch Napa wines.

Born in Argentina, Delia Viader came to the United States after spending many years in Europe. In 1986 the love of wine Delia acquired during her time in Europe lead her to purchase a 25 acre property 1200 feet above the Napa Valley floor northeast of St. Helena on the steep, rocky slopes of Howell Mountain. During this time when 99% of Napa’s vineyards were planted on the valley floor, Delia was considered a bit crazy-headed to plant vineyards in such foreboding terroir. But it was exactly terroir that she was after.

Delia’s first release was a proprietary red blend from the 1989 vintage called simply Viader with a blend of almost equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The wine quickly gained an international reputation as one of the iconic wines of the Napa Valley and has become the signature wine for the winery.

With the release of the 2003 vintage the winery introduced the Dare label; a group of varietally labeled wines which are produced from a selection of estate fruit along with fruit sourced from their neighbors and friends. Current releases include a Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and a Tempranillo.

While raising four children on her own, Delia forged the vision and design for this unique estate vineyard property, wine blend and brand. In the last few years, Delia’s children have come back to help manage and operate the business making this a true family concern. Alan Viader is Director of Operations and Winemaking, Janet Viader is Director of Marketing and Sales. Mariela Viader (married to Alan) is in charge of the Culinary Program.