Imagine the pressure of crafting one great Napa wine each year. Now imagine doing that for more than three decades, using entirely estate mountain fruit. Founding winemaker Delia Viader, PhD. has been creating one proprietary wine since 1986. She now combines with her son, Alan, to make this exceptional red wine, entirely sourced from their estate vineyard on Howell Mountain. Growing up, Delia spent many years in Europe, particularly in France. She holds a PhD. which was obtained at Sorbonne University in Paris as well as business degree from University of California, Berkeley. Her business acumen told her to purchase land in Napa Valley during the wine boom of the 1980s and she stated Viader while raising four children on her own.
Delia was clearly a natural for the wine business, as she remembers her first great Pomerol wine as a teenager. She and her son, Alan, have crafted a remarkable new release with their 2015 Viader ‘Proprietary Red’ Red Wine (WWB, 95), a wine with poise, richness and wonderful Napa terroir. The wine which Delia affectionately calls ‘liquid cashmere’ has a wonderfully smooth mouthfeel and old world elegance. This plush, yet powerful wine will be a remarkable wine for the cellar. Learn more about this storied Napa winery at https://viader.com.
2015 Viader ‘Proprietary Red’ Red Wine- First crafted in 1989, the Viader ‘Proprietary Red’ Red Wine is a Howell Mountain red blend comprised of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon and 31% Cabernet Franc. The mother/son winemaking team of Delia Viader, PhD and Alan Viader have created an awesome new release red wine. Needing roughly two hours in the decanter to be fully awoken, the wine emerges with wonderful earthy terroir with red bell pepper, damp earth, sweet pipe tobacco and leather, all parading with dark and blue fruits on the nose. Silky smooth on the mid-palate, the wine unveils a wonderful sense of place. The tension, weight, mouthfeel and depth here is absolutely lovely. Blueberry compote, wild blackberry preserves, milk chocolate and roasted fig flavors all mingle beautifully in the glass. Lightly tannic, this gorgeous effort will have an exceedingly long life in the cellar. Drink 2019-2040- 95.”
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