2010 Viader Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
*Cellar Selection* Viader has a long history of producing great Bordeaux-style blends grown at a high elevation on Howell Mountain. This 2010 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, with almost the same percentages as the superb 2009 bottling. The wine is rich, dry and complex. It shows a fantastic array of blackberries, dates and dark chocolate, with fascinating notes of lavender and dill. The tannins are gorgeous, the acidity fine, and the application of oak is deft. It’s hard to describe just how good this wine feels in the mouth. Drink now, after decanting, or within the next 20 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright medium red. Aromas of redcurrant, red cherry, mocha and nutty oak. In a lush, sweet style for this bottling, with a very fine-grained texture and good floral lift to the red fruit flavors. Substantial but very sweet tannins coat the front teeth on the long, plush back end. This seemed more explosive from barrel--or maybe it suffered by being served after the electric 2011. But this has the stuffing and balance for a graceful evolution in bottle.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This dark ruby/plum/purple-tinged blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Cabernet Franc reveals attractive raspberry, black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with hints of forest floor and flowers. Elegant, medium-bodied and delicious with no hard edges, it offers a sweet inner-core of fruit, so drink this attractive, stylish 2010 over the next 10-12 years. (RP)