1996 Viader - Red 750ml

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1996 Viader - Red Front View
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

Good deep ruby-red. Very complex, slightly roasted aromas of plum, cassis, cedar, tobacco and smoky oak; has a liqueur-like ripeness. Large-scaled, soft and harmonious; not as dense or deep as the '97 but quite lush and plummy for the vintage. Finishes with firm, tongue-coating tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

A blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Cabernet Franc, from Viader's beautiful hillside vineyards, this 1996 is made in a polished, graceful style. Medium-bodied, with lush, herb-tinged, raspberry and black currant fruit intermixed with mineral and lead pencil notes, this lovely, stylish, restrained offering already provides pleasant drinking, yet should keep for 10-12 years.

Drink Dates: 1998-2010
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 120

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Complex, elegant, spicy and balanced. Tightly wound, with an earthy, green olive edge to the spicy plum and currant notes. Contains Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. 2,186 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2001-2008
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 90
Author: JCashman
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/07/2013
Drink Dates:
Some green peppers and cinnamon. Solid but unspectacular wine that may be past its prime.

Average rating: 89, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

411 bottles owned by 132 collectors.

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About This Producer


VIADER is a leading Napa Valley winery estate established in 1986 by Delia Viader, and recognized for consistently producing high quality red wines. The estate is located 1200 feet above the Napa Valley floor just north-east of St. Helena on the steep, rocky slopes of Howell Mountain.

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.

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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