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Viader Vineyards is a California wine producer located on Napa Valley's Howell Mountain. It was established in 1986 by Delia Viader, and today has become famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc blended wine.




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With the release of the 2003 vintage the winery introduced the Dare label; a group of varietally labeled wines which are produced from a selection of estate fruit along with fruit sourced from their neighbors and friends. Current releases include a Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and a Tempranillo.


The 2015 Viader made by Delia Viader and her son Alan, have vcrafter a remarkable wine, one of poise, beautiful napa terroir and richness, Delia herself describes it as liquid cashmere. At 69% Cabernet and 31% Cabernet franc this wine is accented by blackberry, tar leather and coffe. The usual floral dried flower element is everpresent as we've come to expect from this iconic Howel Mountain producer. When youve been making wine of this caliber since 1989 you can expect nothing less than the best and 2015 ( especially now with a touch of age delivers with both barrels.


\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\THE FAMILYThe story of VIADER begins with its founder Delia Viader, one of the first female winemakers in Napa Valley. Born in Argentina, she spent much of her youth in Europe. After receiving a doctorate in philosophy from the Sorbonne University in Paris, she came to the United States and continued her studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California (UC) Berkeley and UC Davis, where she studied viticulture and oenology.


As one of the first wineries to experiment with organic and biodynamic farming in the Napa Valley, sustainability has always been important to the Viaders. In 2017, VIADER achieved its Napa Green Winery certification and in 2018 VIADER earned its Napa Green Land certification. Napa Green is a comprehensive sustainability certification program focused on protecting and restoring the Napa River watershed, saving energy and water, and reducing waste. From installing motion-sensor LED lighting across the winery to using alternative, non-chemical pest control methods, the Viaders are continually implementing new innovations that support sustainable farming, efficiency and higher quality fruit.


Visitors to Viader enjoy a breathtaking panorama of northern Napa Valley. They taste richly aromatic and flavorful wines with sensual structure and savory complexity in the peaceful, mountainside tasting room.


Alan Viader harvests in small lots, just enough for a single barrel of wine each. He has a range of fermentation vessels, including stainless tanks (mostly conical) and concrete (cubes, tapered cylinders and eggs). Viader likes giving fermentations some air space, so the fermenters are usually filled only to 60-70% of capacity.


I visited Viader as a writer, but they are open to the public by appointment. The 2-hour sessions cost $100 per person and include not just tasting, but also an educational walk through the vineyard and winery.


Our Estate Experience begins with a privately hosted walk through our beautiful estate perched on the slopes of Howell Mountain including views of our vineyard and caves. Upon returning, you will taste a curated selection of current offerings while overlooking a breath-taking view of the northern end of the Napa Valley.Our dedicated hosts will share the philosophy behind our winemaking style, give insight to the quality of our unique terroir, and weave the lore of our history as they guide....css-yszmyccolor:inherit;+ More


There was also no insurance to collect from the warehouse itself, which went out of business, Viader says. According to news reports, nearly 95 vintners lost wines conservatively estimated to have been worth $200 million to $250 million. In 2012, a Sausalito businessman convicted of setting the fire was sentenced to 27 years in prison.


Determined not to give up, Delia and her family dug in their heels and worked hard to salvage their losses and pivot (we know that word well these days). To help finance the recovery, Viader had to sell Il Masseto, her property in Bolgheri that she had acquired in 1999 to produce Super Tuscan wines and eventually retire to.


Look Beautiful, deep burgundy with a deep heart of dark garnet with concentrated color right out to its edges at the outside of the glass. Heavy and fast-settling, this wine leaves behind tightlly-packed skinny-thin legs that crawl down the glass at differing speeds


Cabernet Franc, the genetic parent of Cabernet Sauvignon (its other parent is Sauvignon Blanc), when done right, is the perfect red wine for any situation. With enough acidity to make it a great pairing partner for most foods, and enough flavor to make it a superb solo-sipper, Cab Franc delivers on flexibility and great taste.


The robe is a beautiful cherry red and the nose tempts you with aromas of red berries, plums, oak and sweet spices. After a few minutes of opening, darker fruits, smoke and peppery notes develop in the glass. On the palate the wine shows enticing flavors of ripe black cherries and strawberries supported by velvety tannins. Fully integrated oak flavors and a well-defined mid-palate. Hints of tobacco, vanilla and caramel carry the finish, making this wine ready to be enjoyed young or cellared for 1 to 4 years time from vintage date.


Our DARE Cabernet Franc receives an extensive cold-soaking, warm fermentations, extended macerations on the skins for up to 45-60 days and malo-lactic fermentation occurs while in barrel. The wine remains tucked away in our underground caves for the next 12-16 months in 100% French oak barrels to complete the wine-aging process.


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, 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.


Located on the western facing slopes ofHowell Mountain at 1,300 feet, Viader (pronounced via-dare) is a leading firstgrowth Napa Valley estate established in 1986 by trailblazer Delia Viader. Recognized worldwide for consistentlyproducing award-winning, very limited production red wines and red Bordeaux-style blends, Viader is not exactly a secret, butits limited production and distribution have given the label cult status. Thewinery produces only 4,500 cases each year for its club members, a few specialrestaurants, and those who find their way up the mountain for aby-appointment-only wine tasting visit where the reward is not only spectacularwines, but spectacular views as well.


72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc. Founded in 1986 by Delia Viader, Viader is located 1,200 feet above the Napa Valley floor. The vines are oriented up and down the steep rockly hillside, a planting method that optimizes sun exposure, vine density, and requires meticulous hand farming. Today Viader is a thriving family business producing world-class wines from a magnificent, mature estate-vineyard property. The blend represented in this bottle is highly influenced by Cabernet Franc, which imparts a unique, violet-like perfume, as well as a rounding softness and considerable elegance of structure to the hillside-grown Cabernet Sauvignon.


A very rare bottling indeed. This is perfect choice for your cellar or to give as a very special gift. Viader is one of the iconic cult wines of Napa. This is a single organic vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Only six barrels were made. This is the first time this wine has been produced. The wine is nearly opaque, with the color extending to the rim of the glass. It's super concentrated, bold, dense, full, jammed with black fruit, spice and smoke from the oak aging. The fruit comes across as very ripe. The tannins are big, but there is no green edge or aggressive notes. It's super impressive, but opening it at least an hour before serving (ideally decanted) is recommended. It drinks great of day two or even day three. It's a special occasion wine, serve with simply prepared best cuts of meat. Total production 150 cases. Drink now through 2030.


She is considered a true citizen of the world and a remarkable success story by her peers within the wine industry. Nevertheless, when the factual story is told, Delia Viader credits her late father Walter with setting the guidelines that have enabled her life's work, known simply as Viader, to gain its rightful place among then world's greatest wineries. Born in Argentina into a Spanish diplomatic family, Delia Viader took the academic approach to life as a youth. She graduated from the Sorbonne with a philosophy degree and came to the United States where she added several degrees from the likes of MIT, UC Berkeley and finally the agronomic leader, prestigious UC Davis. She admitted to becoming interested in wine 'around the time I became of legal age.' Prior to that, Delia's family enjoyed wine as a matter of course with their meals, so her introduction to the grape occurred at an early age.She had children at an early age, and her tenure at UC Berkeley prompted her to consider the Napa Valley as a plausible setting to raise her family. 'I was thinking about a business that would allow me to have my children nearby and that was located in a rustic setting,' she admitted. 'Yet, I also wanted to be close to the obvious advantages of culture and society. Since there are only a few places that can grow world-class grapes necessary to produce the type of wine I wanted, I really had few choices. Napa fitted the bill perfectly and I made the move in the mid 1980's.' But her father wielded a firm hand and forced her to develop a strategy that could prove successful in a business environment as competitive as the wine industry. He made her produce a 5-year-plan with sales projections and potential costs.'My father wanted to make sure I really wanted to do it and that I could conceivably make a living for my family,' Viader explained. 'Remember, the mid 80's was not the trendy time in the wine business that exists today. The economy was not that stable, there was double-digit inflation and the entire decade was considered as near drought stage. He even established a benchmark for progress that I had to meet.' To make things even more difficult, Delia Viader aspired to produce a wine that rivaled her favorite commune in Bordeaux, St. Emilion. 'I wanted a wine that wins you through seduction,' Viader admitted. 'A wine good enough for a second and third glass.' Pulling a number of strings together, she settled on a piece of property high (1200 feet) on Howell Mountain and began her winemaking career. She emulated a European design for her vines (up and down) on the steep hillsides that required mostly hand farming. The first Viader release from the proprietary estate of 1200 cases occurred in 1989 and featured a blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, two of the most common grapes utilized in St. Emilion. Viader's first wines were met with critical approval and her march toward world recognition was definitely on its way. The past two decades have been very kind to Delia Viader and her remarkable winery. Viader wines have been compared favorably to many of the greatest French Chateaux and would be considered a first growth were such a system in existence in the United States. Production has risen steadily and will surpass eight thousand cases this year. It's possible that Viader will one day reach the 10,000 ' 12,000 case level that most French first growths produce, but there is no specific timetable in Delia Viader's grand plan for such an occurrence. She credits the wonderful vines Howell Mountain has sustained for her success with the adage, 'Everything really happens in my vineyards. It's up to me not to mess it all up in my cellar.'Delia Viader is also pleased with the fact that several of her children have followed her into the family business. Son Alan, 27, is the director of operations and his wife, Mariala, is Viader's executive chef. Daughter Janet, 25, handles all the sales and marketing and son Alex, 14, will also join the team, according to Delia, 'if he's smart." The Viader Family is a tight-knit group that has already accomplished a great deal, but continues to seek out even higher goals. To many, their wines are among the finest in the entire world. 041b061a72


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