Explosive nose offers perfumed red cherry and rose petal scents that reminded me a bit of a Barolo. Then nicely vibrant in the mouth, with lovely floral lift and purity to the red fruit flavors. If the aromas are Barolo, then the texture is more Burgundy. Tightly wound but already displays lovely sweetness.
Wine Enthusiast 97 Points 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 tanninsare 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.
Mike Kagan gave us this wine for Christmas 2013