Viader Vineyards Napa Valley Red Wine 2002 1.5L
SKU: 2002547896

Viader Vineyards Napa Valley Red Wine 2002

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The 2002 Viader showcases the best the vintage has to offer: intense, upfront, concentrated dark fruit notes laced with licorice, chocolate, anise, earth and leather. Lingering, complex tannins firm up in the finish which is rounded by powerful floral aromas of blackberry, blueberry and mint. Although quite approachable now bottle aging will further develop bouquet and complexity. The Viader blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc captures an ideal balance between the two varietals; the Cabernet Franc contributes to early approachability and the Cabernet Sauvignon provides long aging potential. This powerful gem will continue to age superbly over the next two decades. Cheers! To a wonderfully elegant mountain beauty!
Wine Spectator
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Floral grapey aromas fold in with new leather and currant flavors in a sleek, rich, concentrated style that's very Bordeaux-like in its balance and restraint, showing black cherry, herb and tar notes on a long, persistent finish. Tannins are firm and integrated. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2012. 4,500 cases made.

James Laube, November 15, 2004
Wine Enthusiast
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Actually Petit Verdot-based, this wine is darker and deeper than Viader's '02 regular Cabernet blend. It has flavors of plums, boysenberries, cocoa and blackberries. It's dry, but lush in fruit. One wishes it were firmer in tannins and acids, but there's no denying its lusciousness.

November 1, 2005
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(a 51/49 blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc) Good bright ruby-red. Black raspberry, currant and dark chocolate aromas lifted by a floral topnote. Fat and full but quite dry, with currant and blueberry flavors. Finishes with firm, dusty, palate-coating tannins. This is a bit youthfully muscular today; in comparison, the unfinished 2003 is more elegant.

Stephen Tanzer, May 2005