Viader Vineyards Napa Valley Red Wine 1995
Wine AdvocateSimilar in style to the 1996, the 1995 reveals an opaque purple color, remarkably sweet tannin for a wine from this vintage, and gorgeous levels of black currant fruit nicely complemented by toast, smoke, and floral scents. This rich, medium to full-bodied wine fills the mouth without any sense of heaviness or harshness. It is a beautifully knit, lush, complex, elegant red wine that should drink well for 12-15 years. The wines from this superbly situated hillside vineyard on the lower slopes of Howell Mountain are going from strength to strength. Proprietor Delia Viader believes in blending these wines with a relatively high percentage of Cabernet Franc. In most vintages, the proportion of Cabernet Franc is close to 50%, with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon. Improvements noticeable in both the 1995 and 1996 (and for that matter that 1994) have included richer mid-palates, and less aggressive oak and acidity.
Wine SpectatorA bit earthy and mulchy, though a little more pleasing on the palate, where the dried currant, prune and grapey bing cherry edge, turning dry and tannic on the finish. Shows signs of oxidation. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.--1995 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now. 4,400 cases made.