domingo, 3 de marzo de 2013

Viader, Napa Valley 2007


VIADER, NAPA VALLEY 2007

- Country: United States
- Region: California
- Sub-Region: Napa County
- Appellation: Napa Valley
- Grape Varietal: Bordeaux Blend
- Grape varieties: 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc
- Price £75.99

TASTING NOTES

"Upon opening, the aromatics bring forth delicate white floral notes, with bright red and blue fruits, and subtle hints of lightly scorched wood. Lively acidity supports a very broad flavor profile with a touch of brown sugar, milk chocolate, and vanilla bean tones which complement the smooth and silky texture. Sweet ripe tannins create a full-bodied and balanced mouthfeel. Within two hours, the wine shows more dark red fruits, with a touch of spice and licorice. Always best to decant when enjoyed young". Viader Tasting Notes

"The 2007, a similar blend, is made in the same mold, with striking elegance, slightly sweeter fruit, and more aromatic ripeness and projection, thanks to better vintage material. This is a well-balanced, understated, gracious wine to drink now and over the next 15 years. —Robert Parker, 90 points". Wine Advocate

"(a 71/29 blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc) Good deep red-ruby. Lovely violet lift to the dark cherry and licorice flavors. Suave, juicy and energetic, with terrific inner-mouth aromatic appeal to the sweet berry and floral flavors. Not an opulent style but plenty sweet for 2007. Finishes with lovely length, firm but fully ripe tannins and lingering minerality. Delia Viader told me she's really proud of this wine, and that she only said that previously about the 1997 and 1991". Steve Tanzer 94 points (May 2010)

VINTAGE 2007

"The 2007 VIADER shows the typicity of the VIADER estate, with its firm structure influenced by the steep rocky slopes of lower Howell Mountain, and the familiar elegance and harmony created through the combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

2007 was an outstanding vintage, with about 60% of normal precipitation through winter. A warm spring resulting in earlier budding, bloom and fruit set in the vineyards. A mild summer, with few days topping 100 degrees and notably fewer days in the 90s. Harvest followed a traditional, even relaxed, pace. Brief light showers preceded an Indian summer, which turned out warm, clear days and spurred harvest crews into high gear to finish harvest.

Our distinctive blend allows Cabernet Sauvignon to provide the backbone, structure, character and complexity with succulent fruit and rich tannins. The added Cabernet Franc instills the aromatics and imparts a silky structure as well as suppleness and elegance while capturing an ideal balance between the two varietals; the Cabernet Franc contributing early approachability and the Cabernet Sauvignon providing long aging potential". Viader

VIADER HISTORY

Founded in 1986 by Delia Viader, VIADER is located 1200 feet above the Napa Valley floor just northeast of St. Helena on the steep, rocky slopes of Howell Mountain. Emulating a European design quite rare in California, the vines are oriented up and down the steep hillsides, a planting method that optimizes sun exposure, vine density and erosion control. Planting on such a steep grade of 32 % is a challenge and requires meticulous hand farming.

The first VIADER wine was produced in 1989 and with that vintage a proprietary estate blend was established that features Cabernet Franc with Cabernet Sauvignon as its base element.  At the time, this blend was a daring diversion from other Cabernet-based wines being made in Napa Valley. This blend has come to be the signature wine from VIADER.

Over the years, the product line has grown to include Syrah under the VIADER label and two additional brands: The “V” is a reserve Bordeaux-style blend featuring Petit Verdot.  The DARE line features two distinct wines – a Cabernet Franc and a Tempranillo – made from selected vineyards. Born in Argentina, Proprietor Delia Viader spent much of her formative years in Europe and especially in France. She developed an international approach to business and a long range vision of success. Delia came to the United States as a post-graduate student and earned her PhD.

Delia ViaderWhile raising four children on her own, Delia forged
the vision and design for this unique estate vineyard property, wine blend and brand.

Because of Delia’s dedication, persistence and attention to high ideals, VIADER was recognized early on as a first growth property and the wines have been highly coveted since inception. In the last few years, Delia’s children have come back to help manage and operate the business making this a true family concern. Alan Viader is Direction of Operations and Winemaking, Janet Viader is Director of Marketing and Sales. Mariela Viader (married to Alan) is in charge of the Culinary Program. In the winter of 2006, Michel Rolland, the world-renowned enologist, and family friend, was brought on as a winemaking consultant.

Delia has earned the reputation as a pioneer for planting the vines running directly down the mountain, in a style normally found in Bordeaux.  After receiving initial cirticism, eventually Delia’s vineyards on Howell Mountain were regarded as an ideal model for growing super-premium quality grapes. The original focus on Cabernet Franc as the main blending component, thought to be radical upon release, was a natural harkening back to Delia’s European roots and her love of Cheval Blanc. The idea of a single woman running a successful winery business while raising a family of four children on her own was a rare happening in Napa Valley’s developing fine wine business in the late ‘80’s.

Over the years, Delia has remained true to her vision. Today Viader Vineyards is a thriving family business producing world-class wines from a magnificent, mature estate vineyard property complete with small bonded winery, underground caves, and a Hospitality Center which offers tours and tastings by appointment and a sophisticated wine and food pairing Culinary Program.

NAPA VALLEY

California's Napa Valley wine region is located immediately north of San Pablo Bay, in the north-eastern comer of the San Francisco Bay Area. Formed by the Napa river as it flows between the Vacas Mountains (to the east) and the Mayacamas (to the west), the valley runs roughly north-west to south-east for approximately 35 miles (57km). The scenic 40-minute drive between Napa and Calistoga passes through some of the most valuable viticultural real estate on Earth.

The Napa Valley, or simply Napa, is one of the world's most famous wine regions, unchallenged by any region in the Americas or indeed the New World. There are several reasons for this global renown, one being the ease with which Napa can be reached by visitors travelling from San Francisco city. Several million wine tourists pass through the valley each year to sample its wines and the world-class gastronomy that has developed alongside them. Napa's triumph over Bordeaux and Burgundy in the 1976 Paris Judgment is unquestionably another factor, as it propelled the valley and its wines into the international spotlight. The remarkable endurance of Napa's fame is partly due to the persistently high quality of its wine, but also the number of wines labelled as Napa Valley, whether alone or in conjunction with a more location-specific AVA.

Wine has been made here since the 19th century, but it is only since the 1960s that wine of any particular quality has been produced. The founding pioneers of Napa Valley winemaking were George & Yount (after whom Yountville is named), and John Patchett and his winemaker Charles Krug, founder of the eponymous winery in St Helena. Napa is home to Berinaer Vineyards, one of California's oldest continuously operated wineries. Established in 1875 by Jacob Beringer and his brother Frederick, the Beringer site has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The range of grape varieties grown in the Napa Valley has evolved steadily over the 150 years since Yount planted his first vines. Cabernet Sauvianon has risen to be Napa's star performer and signature variety. It is the most widely planted grape in almost all of the valley's sub-regions, with the notable exception of Cameras, where Pinot Noir and Chardonnay make the most of the cool, breezy mesoclimate. Merlot is also prominent here, although since its fall from favor in the 1990s it is now used mostly as a blending component for Napa's Bordeaux blend and Meritage wines.

Although it makes up a small proportion of plantings here, Zinfandel has a strong impact on the Napa wine portfolio. The hillside sites above the Napa Valley floor provide just the warm, dry environment that California's signature variety prefers, particularly when complemented by rocky, free-draining, infertile slopes. White wines are strongly outnumbered in Napa, but are nonetheless present. While Riesling was once the variety of choice, it has now been almost completely replaced by Sauvianon Blanc and Chardonnay.

Another key factor in Napa's phenomenal success as a wine region is its weather patterns. The hydrography of the wider Bay Area, plus the topography (specifically, the orientation) of the North Coast Ranges, are behind the unique Napa Valley mesoclimate: one creates fog, the other channels it inland. Without the fog that rolls in from the bays, the valley would be substantially warmer than it is, and its wines less structured and balanced. Furthermore, Napa's quality wine production would be limited to the cooler climes higher up in the hills, which would increase the cost of production and dramatically reduce the area suitable for viticulture. Without this mesoclimate, the Napa Valley would never have become the world-famous wine region it is today.

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