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Viader Proprietary Red 2001

Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
  • WS92
  • RP91
  • ST90
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Winemaker 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.

Critical Acclaim

WS 92
Wine Spectator

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.

RP 91
The Wine Advocate

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.

ST 90
International Wine Cellar

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%.

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Viader Vineyards, , California
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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.

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CWYVIADER_2001 Item# 60975

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