2004 Viader Proprietary Red
Since its first release in 1989, Delia Viader has made her Proprietary Blend using only the best fruit from her Howell Mountain Estate vineyards. The Viader blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc captures an ideal balance between the two varieties. The Cabernet Franc contributes to the early approachability, elegant structure and violet-like aromatics while the Cabernet Sauvignon adds complexity and character as well as providing the backbone structure for long aging potential. The 2004 ...
International Wine CellarGood deep red-ruby. Blackberry, violet and licorice aromas, complicated by leather and graphite. Wonderfully sweet, silky and suave, with an inner-mouth aromatic quality rare for the year. This very well-balanced blend is juicy, even a bit youthfully tight, and finishes with impressive perfume. Has the mid-palate sweetness to balance its firm tannic spine and offers a lovely combination of density and elegance. In comparison to this vintage, the 2003 release is more of an "upfront" wine, notes Vi...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines60% Cabernet Sauvignon; 40% Cabernet Franc. The ripeness of 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon is here countered by the tight aspects of Cabernet Franc, and the result is a wine that has the lovely curranty fruit of the former with the sweet berry notes and firm tannins of the latter. It is a wine that might appear to be falling all over itself at first glance but which then impresses both for its depth and for the strong suggestions that more and better will emerge over the next decade.
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 91 (slightly better than average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: drink now<br/>
User Tasting Note
Fellow Drync'rAbsolutely elegant and lucious deep red wine. Flavors of ripe cherries, plums, vanilla, and leather. Remarkably fruity yet perfectly "seasoned" with French oak. A legend in the making.
FoodMuseMouthfilling and luscious. Like falling in love.
dinalozoLiked, not worth the price. Tasted 2009.