2005 Viader Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Bright ruby-red. Very sexy aromas of currant, mocha, coffee, graphite, dried flowers and herbs are complex and expressive. Wonderfully silky and sweet, with dark raspberry, mocha and espresso flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. Very intense and densely packed for this bottling: an outstanding vintage for Viader. Finishes very long, with smooth tannins and terrific lift. Offers a rare combination of sweetness, refined texture, concentration and length. (ST)
*Cellar Selection* It is entirely conceivable that this blend of the two Cabernets could improve dramatically with time in the bottle. Currently, it’s a very dry, firmly tannic wine, with black currant, mocha, cherry and new oak flavors that have a distinctive edge of sweet herbs, figs and tobacco. Improves considerably with airing in the glass, so decant if you drink it anytime soon.
Sleek and elegantly styled, with spicy currant, sage, dusty berry, mineral and pleasant herb and sage notes. Well-balanced, even delicate and detailed. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. (JL)
Subtle and really rather beautiful. Rich start yet dry and rewarding on the finish. I’d love to see this next to a classed growth. Really very smart wine. Probably pretty good value next to a Bordeaux classed growth. Long. 18/20 points