2007 VIADER 750ml
(71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc)
WINEMAKER TASTING NOTES: The 2007 VIADER shows the typicity of the VIADER estate, with its firm structure influenced by the steep rocky slopes of lower Howell Mountain, and the familiar elegance and harmony created through the combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Upon opening, the aromatics bring forth delicate white floral notes, with bright red and blue fruits, and subtle hints of lightly scorched wood. Lively acidity supports a very broad flavor profile with a touch of brown sugar, milk chocolate, and vanilla bean tones which complement the smooth and silky texture. Sweet ripe tannins create a full-bodied and balanced mouthfeel. Within two hours, the wine shows more dark red fruits, with a touch of spice and licorice. Always best to decant when enjoyed young.
Wine Enthusiast: 94pts, "This lush wine epitomizes the modern Napa style of soft richness and extreme drinkability when young."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: 94pts, "Suave, juicy and energetic."
Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: 90pts, "Striking elegance... well-balanced, understated, gracious wine."