2000 Viader Napa Valley Red Blend
Lots of attractive, up-front fruit pleasure, with a core of black cherry and blackberry shaded by cedar, mocha, coffee and leather. Finishes with a sense of elegance and ripe, integrated tannins. (JL)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Aromatic nose combines currant, black raspberry, violet, dark chocolate and sexy oak tones. Soft and appealing, with moderate density and firm acidity. Finishes with dusty, light tannins and very good length and grip. Slightly disjointed today, in need of a year or so to absorb its acidity. (ST)
Lots of alcohol immediately evident from this wine's viscosity. Very deep velvety look. Sweet, almost heavy in comparison to the 1998 and 1999. Almost a hint of Mendoza (Delia is originally Argentine and would presumably repudiate this with all her might). Thick and sweet compared to the rest of the wines in this tasting but more delicate and enlivened by more acidity than most top California Cabernets. Long with the merest hint of herbaceousness as a topnote (conditions were a little like those in 1998). 18/20 points.
63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc. Producer Note: "With the exception of a small number of heat spikes in June, the growing season was ideal. Hot days and cool nights reigned on our hillside, which in turn, allowed our berries to ripen at a steady rate, with exceptionally balanced acidity and immense complexity. Yields were small to normal. Our vineyards have been organically farmed and hand labored since 1988."