2002 Viader Proprietary Red

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 59

  • RajivAyyangar wrote: (91 points)

    January 14, 2016 - MS-style Blinds (6 in 25 minutes) at Californios (Californios SF): Brief notes:
    This was killer - well-structured, with herbaceousness that I really enjoyed, and some nice development. Could stand to age for a long time. Score: Around 9.
    Full Notes:


    - clear, just bright
    - moderate concentration ruby with red at the rim, fading to garnet
    - no gas or sediment
    - moderate tears


    - clean
    - [forgot to note intensity]
    - some signs of development
    - earth-driven in nature
    - fruit - blackcurrant, dried black cherry, dried blackberry
    - herbaceousness - notable baked bell pepper, suggesting pyrazines from a Bordeaux varietal
    - earth - there’s some baked earth
    - [forgot to note florals]
    - [forgot to note oak]
    - complexity is moderate plus


    - [forgot to note dryness]
    - medium plus body
    - medium plus alcohol - 14-14.5% (correct - 14%)
    - high tannins
    - elevated acidity
    - echoing the blackcurrant on the nose, but mostly driven by earthiness and a fair dose of herbaceousness
    - no signs of brettanomyces
    - slight presence of new oak - pretty well integrated though. [forgot to quantify oak]

    Initial Conclusions

    - cabernet or cab-dominant
    - use of new oak takes me to Bordeaux or California.
    - Bordeaux blend with some age
    - Napa Cab with some age
    - alcohol is elevated which suggests Napa
    - the intensity of cassis fruit isn’t as much as I’d expect from Napa
    - so I think this is from Bordeaux
    - Left bank, cab-dominant with merlot
    - has some development, and is pretty ripe structurally
    - 2010, based on the tannic structure

    Final Conclusion

    - 2010 Cabernet blend with merlot, Bordeaux, Left Bank, Classified Growth [didn’t specify Medoc, and didn’t specify what level of classified growth]

    Actual - 2002 Viader Napa Red Blend - 51% Cab, 49% Cab Franc - Howell Mountain, 14% alcohol.

  • difran Likes this wine: (90 points)

    October 29, 2015 - The wine looks garnet colored. The legs are medium. There is heavy sediment in the bottle. It smells like black pepper and green olive. It tastes like flint, mineral and red currant. The body is medium/full. The wine has coarse texture. The wine finishes long. The wine has medium acidity.

  • RGCM Gananda Likes this wine: (92 points)

    July 26, 2015 - Noticeably tight at first, but after being open for two hours, became more integrated and balanced. Full bodied, with lots of black fruit notes along with more meaty qualities. The cab franc adds lots of structure at first, but it blends in exceptionally well given enough time open. I was a bit surprised by this bottle, expecting to be at peak and perhaps even on the downside. Instead, it was drinking quite well (given two hours), seemed much longer than it actually is and really delivered on the fruit and structure.

  • scharlton27 Likes this wine: (90 points)

    September 14, 2014 - Dark and jammy. Plenty of time left for this bottling.

  • ajfret01 Likes this wine:

    August 2, 2014 - Still youthful and complex. What a great wine. Lots of secondary notes on the nose. Complex on the palette. Drink or hold. Good stuff!

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  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Blind Wine Tasting and Top $50 Wines., Episode #131, 11/20/2006 (link) 90 points

    (VIADER RED) #4; VaynerPAZZZ (on QPR); NOSE-vegetal, broccoli, asparagus, English peas; TASTE-nice tangy aspect, zesty, very green and thin on the finish, lighter, elegant, aspects of strawberry & cherry juice, like a solid Bordeaux, more of a $30 bottle though; GV-90

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2002
  • Type Red
  • Producer Viader
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Proprietary Red
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Code 1000000000245

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 2 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,052 (59%)
  • Consumed 727 (41%)

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