2005 Viader Napa Valley Proprietary Red
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the finest wines I’ve tasted from Delia Viader, the 2005 Proprietary Red Liquid Cashmere is a blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon and 31% Cabernet Franc aged 24 months in French oak. She seems to have built in more texture and richness without losing the complexity and suppleness that these wines possess. Loads of blueberry, raspberry and sweet black cherry fruit, forest floor and floral notes are all present in this wine, made from a hillside vineyard on Howell Mountain. A beautiful integration of acidity, alcohol, wood and tannin are worthy of high marks. This beauty is delicious and complex already, and because of its impressive equilibrium, promises to hold for at least another 10-15 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full ruby-red. Highly complex nose offers currant, plum, blueberry, bitter chocolate and herbs. Suave, silky and downright creamy in the mouth, with lovely breadth and palate coverage. Fresh but harmonious acidity gives this a rather sophisticated texture. In comparison to the easier, fruit-forward 2004, this one is more characterized by its bite and structure.
*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.