Viader

Viader

Napa Valley Proprietary Red Blend 2014

Very nice Cab Sauvignon /Cab Franc blend — 20 days ago

Jeff OrlowskiMichael Seely
with Jeff and Michael
Jeff, Mike and 2 others liked this

Viader

Napa Valley Red Blend 2011

Eric S
9.2

Needed a good 2 hours to open up. — 3 months ago

Clive, Severn and 14 others liked this

Viader

V Petit Verdot Blend 2000

From the beginning of the 2000’s to the end of the 2010’s....still got it! Lip smacking goodness. Thank you Delia for taking us into 2020! — 5 months ago

Tom, Shay and 4 others liked this

Hendricks Wines

Gold Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

David T
9.3

On the nose, ripe, ruby, fruits of; mulberry, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, plum, black cherries, blueberries & creamy raspberries. Vanilla, hints of sweet tarriness, black licorice, whiff of spice, soft understated limestone minerals & crushed rock powder, fruity black tea, hint of fresh herbaceousness, rich, black turned earth, fresh dark floral bouquet and fields of lavender & violets.

The body is rich, ripe & full. The tannins are a little sticky but well softened, round and a touch chewy. The structure, tension, length, balance, tension and balance are very close to perfect and harmonious. Fruits are; mulberry, huckleberry, blackberries, black raspberries, black plum, plum, black cherries & creamy raspberries. Vanilla, hints of sweet tarriness, black licorice, whiff of spice, soft understated limestone minerals & crushed rock powder, fruity black tea, hint of fresh herbaceousness, rich, black turned earth, fresh dark floral bouquet and fields of lavender & violets. The acidity is round and rains like a waterfall perfectly over the palate. The very long, ruby, rich, well balance lasts minutes and is absolutely heavenly. Gorgeous, elegant, stunning wine.

Photos of; the vertical tasting we attended of all Hendricks Cabernets; 04, 05, 09 & 12 at the time w/ one of our favorite paintings in the background, Charles Hendricks working in the cellar, very old rootstock from the Stag’s Leap Vineyard where the fruit to make this wine normally comes from and a wide shot of the Stag’s Leap Vineyard.

Producer notes and history...Hendricks Cabernet Sauvignon is consistently sourced from a few of Napa Valley’s finest vineyards. In those near perfect vintages, Charles only makes a small production wine of around 250-300 cases. Charles only produces it when he has exception fruit. He’s made Hendricks Cabernet in; 2004, 2005, 2009, 2012 & 2014. Notice he didn’t make Hendricks Cabernet in a great vintage year like 2013. He wasn’t happy enough with his fruit in 2013 to put his name on it. That says a lot and maybe all you need to know about his standard for quality. I do know what wine his 13 fruit made as I’ve had and it’s an unbelievable wine for far less money.

Charles also makes a fantastic Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands that is really quite amazing. Especially, if you give it 5 or 6 years in bottle. All his wines are sold exclusively through the Hope & Grace tasting room in Yountville as he is also the Hope & Grace Winemaker.

Charles graduated in 1982 from UC Davis in viticulture. He was also able to tailor his own curriculum and was one of the earliest to integrate winemaking and viticulture course work. Having knowledge of both viticulture and enology forms the basis for his well-rounded winemaking.

Over the years Charles has worked in both Napa and Sonoma Counties, gaining hands on experience in all aspects of winemaking. He has a strong reputation for excellence. In his career, he’s been a consulting winemaker for many wineries; Viader, Barnett Vineyards, Paoletti Vineyards, Regusci Winery, James Cole, T-Vine and Tamayo family Vineyard.

I asked Charles, “how does he make wines that are amazingly good in their youth but will age effortlessly for 15-20 years?” His answer was simply this, “its not that hard, you just have to know the perfect time to harvest fruit.” I would agree with that to a degree. But, you also have to know how to gently guide fruit onto it’s path into the barrel and not get in the wine’s way or overwork the process.
— 2 years ago

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Eric S

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Thanks. Will bury it. The Hendricks SLH Pinot was AMAZING.
David T

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@Kim Stanbro My second favorite painting that used to be in the Hope & Grace tasting room. Charles took it to his house. 😕
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Great review

Viader

Viader Black Label Red Blend 2016

Dark purple in the glass. Cassis, leather and pencil lead on the nose. Purple fruits, tobacco with a hint of bell pepper. Finish is fairly long with chocolate notes and some firm tannic structure. Overall, a nicely put together wine in a more powerful style. Approachable now and drinking well. — a month ago

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Hundred Acre Vineyard

Fortunate Son Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

06 Viader - unfortunately kicked 07 Nickel and Nickel State Ranch - flat. 08 Hundred Acre Fortunate Son - third time’s a charm. Inky dark purple in the glass. Fresh roses on the nose with a hint of cayenne. Definitely a fruit bomb but has tons of depth and character. — 3 months ago

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Louis M. Martini

Monte Rosso Vineyard Gnarly Vine Zinfandel 2014

Only black from edge to edge. Intense aromas of black fruit plum compote, black pepper and vanilla. The ripeness of the fruit brings natural acidy to the party of black and blue fruit. The finish hangs on for an eternity with dried herbs, dusty gravel and molasses. If Darth Viader drinks wine, this would be his favorite! — 2 years ago

Viader

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2000

Really classic in style. Manages a nice bridge between Old World elegance and New World decadence — 2 months ago

Brian, Lyle and 1 other liked this

Viader

Dare Napa Valley Cabernet Franc 2015

Very smooth — 3 months ago

Jeff OrlowskiMichael Seely
with Jeff and Michael
Jeff, Michael and 2 others liked this
Jeff Orlowski

Jeff Orlowski

Outstanding! Excellent wine with bold, dry feel and plums, tobacco on palate. Great with friends!
9.2

Viader

Viader V Petit Verdot Cabernet Franc 2000

Drinking well if you have them!! Transitioning into secondary characteristics with plum and leather. Had from half bottle but aging beautifully!! — 6 months ago

Daniel P., Shay and 5 others liked this