2007 Viader Napa Valley Proprietary Red
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep red-ruby. Lovely violet lift to the dark cherry and licorice flavors. Suave, juicy and energetic, with terrific inner-mouth aromatic appeal to the sweet berry and floral flavors. Not an opulent style but plenty sweet for 2007. Finishes with lovely length, firm but fully ripe tannins and lingering minerality. Delia Viader told me she's really proud of this wine, and that she only said that previously about the 1997 and 1991.
This lush wine epitomizes the modern Napa style of soft richness and extreme drinkability when young. Made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, it’s beautiful now for its blackberry, black currant, dark chocolate and cedar flavors. For all its approachability, it should age well for the next six to eight years.
*Two stars* This complex and decidedly sophisticated effort comes without the slightest suggestion of swagger, and it is instead a compact and keenly balanced bottling that only gradually gives up its gifts. It smacks of cherries, ripe raspberries and currants with glimmers of sweet cream and cola showing up here and there, and, if overtaken by eleventh-hour astringency just now, its ample fruit exhibits fine staying power and is a guarantor of a decade or more of certain improvement.
A clean and jammy wine with dried berries and milk chocolate. Full bodied, with round tannins a fruity finish. Delicious already.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007, a similar blend, is made in the same mold, with striking elegance, slightly sweeter fruit, and more aromatic ripeness and projection, thanks to better vintage material. This is a well-balanced, understated, gracious wine to drink now and over the next 15 years. (RP)