International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(72% cabernet sauvignon and 28% cabernet franc): Good bright medium red. Aromas of redcurrant, red cherry, mocha and nutty oak. In a lush, sweet style for this bottling, with a very fine-grained texture and good floral lift to the red fruit flavors. Substantial but very sweet tannins coat the front teeth on the long, plush back end. This seemed more explosive from barrel--or maybe it suffered by being served after the electric 2011. But this has the stuffing and balance for a graceful evolution in bottle.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2013
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Tough, with a gritty tannic edge. There's a lot going on in this version. Hemp and herb frame the dried berry and persistent oak flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2014 through 2024. 975 cases made.Author: James Laube
Since its inaugural vintage in 1989, the VIADER Proprietary blend has featured Cabernet Sauvignon with a significant component of Cabernet Franc. The second lable "V" is exclusively Petit Verdot. The estate VIADER Syrah is a blend of Barossa and Hermitage clones. DARE by Viader focuses on single varieties from select vineyards in the Napa Valley blended with their estate fruit. DARE Cabernet Sauvignon features fruit sourced from Lewelling Vineyards in St. Helena. DARE Cabernet Franc uses fruit from Stagecoach Vineyards in Oakville. DARE Tempranillo is made from a Ribera del Duero clonal selection sourced from the northeast side of the Napa Valley. VIADER also produces a very limited amount of Cabernet-based dry DARE Rose.
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White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of and , and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of .
is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.
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