Viader Vineyards Napa Valley Red Wine 2002

Viader Vineyards Napa Valley Red Wine 2002

SKU 1094


The 2002 Viader showcases the best the vintage has to offer: intense, upfront, concentrated dark fruit notes laced with licorice, chocolate, anise, earth and leather. Lingering, complex tannins firm up in the finish which is rounded by powerful floral aromas of blackberry, blueberry and mint. Although quite approachable now bottle aging will further develop bouquet and complexity. The Viader blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc captures an ideal balance between the two varietals; the Cabernet Franc contributes to early approachability and the Cabernet Sauvignon provides long aging potential. This powerful gem will continue to age superbly over the next two decades. Cheers! To a wonderfully elegant mountain beauty!
Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Viader Vineyards
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorFloral grapey aromas fold in with new leather and currant flavors in a sleek, rich, concentrated style that's very Bordeaux-like in its balance and restraint, showing black cherry, herb and tar notes on a long, persistent finish. Tannins are firm and integrated. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2012. 4,500 cases made.

James Laube, November 15, 2004
  • wa87

Wine AdvocateThis intriguing blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Cabernet Franc from the lower slopes of Howell Mountain is somewhat superficial. It exhibits attractive berry fruit, damp earth and subtle herb characteristics, but the wine has a tartness as well as a lean, slightly clipped finish. It will undoubtedly become desiccated as the meager fruit dries out, so drink it up.

Robert Parker, June 2012
  • we87

Wine EnthusiastThis wine has delicious flavors of cherries, blackberries and oak, and is complex enough to return to glass after glass. At the same time, it’s overly soft and simple in structure, and will not age.

Steve Heimoff, November 1, 2005