2019 VIADER Proprietary Red Blend
97 Points – A cuvée that was first made in 1989, the 2019 Proprietary Red Blend is based on 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Cabernet Franc that was fermented in a combination of concrete, 500-liter barrels, and stainless steel, spending 52 days on skins. It has wonderful purity in its cassis and redcurrant-like fruits as well as complex notes of tobacco leaf, currant bud, violets, and chocolate. Full-bodied on the palate, it has rock-solid structure, ripe tannins, and a great finish. The finest vintage of this cuvée I’ve tasted, it deserves 3-5 years in the cellar and will keep for two decades.