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2008 Viader Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1294886 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good full red. Enticing, complex nose combines aromas of cherry, raspberry, violet, minerals, coffee and spices. Broad, lush and smooth, with pretty floral lift to the red fruit and spice flavors. Nicely delineated in the middle palate and long on the back end, where the ripe tannins coat the teeth. The crop level here was reduced by a bad flowering, said Alan Viader, but the loose clusters were an advantage later in the season. The harvest was ultimately very early. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2011)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark If anything, Viader can be consistently counted among those tougher, more unruly wines when it is very young as it is here, but it can also be relied upon to show the pedigree, depth and complexity that are expected of a serious wine. This bottling does both, and it is still hard as nails, but its tannin and toughness notwithstanding, it is a wine of real presence and potential. *One Star* Inner quote mark (8/2011)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Shows the luscious fruit and softness of previous vintages, with rich, layered raspberry, cherry, cassis, vanilla, caramelized oak and spice flavors that go on and on into a long finish. The tannins are sturdy from this blend of the two Cabernets, Sauvignon and Franc, which was grown on the lower slopes of Howell Mountain. Yet it's so sweet and fruity, you can drink it now. Inner quote mark (9/2011)

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