Red

1995 Viader Proprietary Red

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Napa Valley
Drink between 2003 - 2009
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Community Tasting Notes 38

  • no leashes wrote: (90 points)

    June 10, 2014 - Dark cherry, earth, spice and cedar flavors, smooth texture, fine tannings.. Drinking very nicely.

  • Exonian Likes this wine: (92 points)

    April 21, 2013 - Opened the last of 4 bottles of this vintage , cellared at home since 1998. Cork broke on opening ( in common with another note), but wine was perfect when decanted and strained. Garnet with a fading rim , the nose is pronounced with aromas of menthol, cedar wood, smoke, chocolate, spice ( incense?), and the earthiness of disturbed leaves on a forest floor. Still surprising acidity ( the cab franc?) and residual tannins ( finally tamed on this wine!) , and on the palate , stewed fruits, dried cherries . The finish is short after such promising nose and palate, and keeps this wine out of the outstanding category. Still, an elegant and surprisingly vivacious wine for its age, and a tribute to the skills of Delia Viader and wine-making consultant Tony Soter. That Cab Sauv/Cab Franc blend deserves long gentle ageing to soften the tannins and acidity , just like the classic claret it resembles. Drink up in the next couple of years if you are lucky enough to have any bottles left in your cellars!

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  • Exonian Likes this wine: (92 points)

    April 21, 2013 - Opened the last of my 4 bottles of this vintage , cellared at my home since 1998. In common with another note this cork broke when opening , but the wine was perfect when strained. By the way had no problems with my other bottles. A pronounced nose of menthol, cedar, smoke, chocolate and spice ( incense?), and wet leaves on the forest floor. On the palate stewed plummy fruits - still surprising acidity ( that Cab Franc?) , and some residual tannins ( finally tamed in this wine!). Compared with the nose and palate
    , the finish was surprisingly short, which kept the wine out of the outstanding category. Still for its age , an elegant and surprisingly vivacious wine , and a tribute to the skills of Delia Viader and wine making consultant Tony Soter. That Cab Sauv/ Cab Franc blend is built for gentle ageing like a classic claret. Drink up in the next couple of years though!

  • aagrawal wrote: (92 points)

    July 22, 2012 - Deep ruby color; Dark red fruit, black cherry, cola, slight green; full bodied, integrated tannin, great balance, nice complexity, thins out a tad on the finish. Ready now. Excellent. 92

  • aagrawal wrote: (90 points)

    December 29, 2011 - Nice red fruits, good balance and structure. Overall very good and better than a lot of the other bottles. Much bottle variation in this winery's vintage for some reason (a lot had a corked feel to them... not this one though). This was my last bottle.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/12/2002 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1995
  • Type Red
  • Producer Viader
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Proprietary Red
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 323 (62%)
  • Consumed 199 (38%)

Food Pairing

.steak, Great with roast beef, roast beef

Who Likes This Wine

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