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Viader Vineyards Napa Valley Red Wine 1997

Viader Vineyards Napa Valley Red Wine 1997


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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.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
Brand Viader Vineyards
  • ws97

Wine SpectatorBeautifully 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. Best from 2002 through 2012.

James Laube, October 31, 2000
  • wa92

Wine AdvocateThe 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. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2018.

Robert Parker, January 2000