Remains exceptional and consistent with December notes. Perhaps more fruit on this example. This should be on plateau here for a few years and represents what viader can achieve in the best years. Complex, incredible mouthfeel and balance.
The day we bought this wine we drove on ice and snow up a mountain to the Viader winery. Now, 11 years later we sit by a warm fire with the wine decanted in front of us. Definitely the adventure we had getting to Viader adds to the greatness of this wine. Unlike the icy road this wine is easy. You can almost forget what you are drinking, it is subtle, it is clean...just easy. Dry, it coats your palate and lingers well after you swallow. The strawberries are ever so present, but the long linger begins to darken into something more seductive. Deep fruit, fig, pomegranate and cloves take hold. We would happily climb the icy mountain again to have more of this juice, as this is our last bottle. (We had our pregnant friend drive us back down, in case you were concerned about our safety).
Dark dried berries, charcoal, herbs and a prickly texture and drying tartness on the finish. Finish turns chalky & charcoal Should be great but doesn't come together to be seamless and elegant. Does have some time left (2 - 3 year) but not sure it will get any better.
Drank this along-side Rockincabs so see his comprehensive notes (partially combined) – but hands down top 3 Napa wine I’ve consumed this year. Outstanding on integration and finesse. Nose: red fruits like cherry, cooked strawberry, raspberry and a touch of blue raspberry, plum. Age on this is starting to open up into a little button mushroom, Portobello, fresh garden. Definitely some green bell pepper pyrazine notes but mellowing. Definitely signs of new oak here with the baking spice, vanilla, new barrel room smell. Incredibly complex. Palate confirms nose flavors and shows the integration and complexity. Palate: still red cooked fruit, sweet baked bread (tannins smoothing out), anise, starting to show some signs of secondary notes given age with hints of pepper, leather, sage. This bottle is absolutely phenomenal. Drinking perfect now but will age easily. 75+ second, decanting is a must given all the sediment. Beautiful.
Nose: Cherry, Currant, Sage, Vanilla and gorgeous barrel notes. A perfumed and fine nose. Palate: Silky and round on the palate with layers of classic napa fruit. Crushed black cherry, blackberry jam and really nice sage/savory notes with some reduced mushroom as well. Finish: quite long and refined showing cherry, raspberry and some earth/mushroom notes. Not one hard edge to be found on this wine.
This is one of the best cab blends I have had in the 2004 vintage. No need to wait this is as good as it gets. Many thanks to BCharlieG for sharing this out of his cellar over the weekend.
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