Viader Vineyards Napa Valley Red Wine 2002
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
Floral 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.
Actually Petit Verdot-based, this wine is darker and deeper than Viader's '02 regular Cabernet blend. It has flavors of plums, boysenberries, cocoa and blackberries. It's dry, but lush in fruit. One wishes it were firmer in tannins and acids, but there's no denying its lusciousness.
(a 51/49 blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc) Good bright ruby-red. Black raspberry, currant and dark chocolate aromas lifted by a floral topnote. Fat and full but quite dry, with currant and blueberry flavors. Finishes with firm, dusty, palate-coating tannins. This is a bit youthfully muscular today; in comparison, the unfinished 2003 is more elegant.
This 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.