It still remains to be one of the most respected and regarded vineyards and winery in Napa Valley. It has set standard for how vines are planted and grapes are harvested. Imagine working on 1200 ft. elevation with a slope of 32 degree where vines are planted vertically. Another challenge has been added recently to this working condition of the harvesting of grapes at night. Although not a new concept, but definitely not an easy task on very steep slopes of rocky soil. All in an effort to achieve longer cold soaking time for better extraction of colour and to achieve more distinctive of flavours. Also night harvest helps to achieve efficiency during the day and offers protection for the workers from the scorching California sun during the day.
Not one who bows down to difficulties, Delia Viader shines as a winemaker in Napa for her courage to plant and use Cabernet Franc as the leading varietal in her wine. Her bold move has led her to produce wines that are concentrated, elegant and rich, achieving ratings of 90 points above vintage after vintage, even scoring top 5 seats of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wine of the Year 2000 and 2001. The bottom line is that Delia’s wines do not disappoint. It may cost more than $150 per bottle, but this winemaker believes that “ruthless selection is critical, even if you have to cut and discard half of your production. That’s how you keep consistency. “ (Wine Enthusiast 2002). She is gracefully fearless and unapologetically uncompromising when it comes to her wine, and being a successful woman.
My favourite quote from her when she responded to a comment about succeeding in a man’s world was “ why do you want to give me that advantage? Maybe we succeed because we’re good at what we do.”
The 2009 vintage marks the 12th incredible vintage of our relationship with her, and we have never looked back. This vintage is another example of her excellence in crafting wine that has tenacity and grace, structured and seamless, always 90 points and climbing, and for the first time, below wholesale price for 18 bottles only (32% discount).
Viader, 2009 Proprietary Cabernet Blend, Napa Valley
95 points Wine Enthusiast “Made from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc, it has every hallmark of a young Napa Valley Bordeaux blend. It’s dry, smooth and complex in tannins, with balancing acidity and an incredible array of flavours, including blackberry, black currant, cherry, chocolate, dried herb, smoky oak and spice. It has that important but hard-to-define quality of sophistication. It’s delicious now, and it should develop in the bottle for at least 10 years.”
94 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar “ Lovely cabernet franc-dominated aromas of flowers, menthol and caraway seed, plus a whiff of dusty clove. Silky-sweet and vinous, offering seamless yet sharply delineated flavours of red currant, graphite and flowers, plus a whiff of meat. This really pleasures the mouth. beautifully made and graceful wine with a very long, edge-free finish.”
91 points Wine Spectator “ Tight and well-built, with firm, grainy-gravelly tannins, but also a pleasant core of dark berry fruit that folds into a forest floor loaminess.”
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