than running the vine rows closed to contour in terraces, vineyard rows run up
and down the hillside with a slope of 32% at the 1100 ft. elevation on Howell
Mountain, approximately 2.5 miles north-east of St. Helena in the Napa Valley.
Volcanic-Forward/Aiken soils offer perfect drainage and the orientation of rows
in East-west fashion for maximum sun exposure. The vertical trellis traditionally
used in Bordeaux, keeps the small vines erect while, the very close spacing (6
x 4") allows a density of about 2000 vines per acre; the vineyards are solely
hand-labored and organically farmed (no chemicals used) - all of this - in order
to maintain the fine balance between struggle and survival which results in grapes,
and finally wines, of great character.
The result of such care and attention
to detail, is a very distinctive flavor profile due to the high proportion of
Cabernet Franc in our proprietary blend (always around 40%) in a style reminiscent
of the best of St. Emilion, particularly Chateaux Cheval Blanc, made mostly of
"The wines from this superbly situated hillside vineyard on the lower slopes
of Howell Mountain are going from strength to strength. Proprietor Delia Viader
believes in blending these wines with a relatively high percentage of Cabernet
Franc. In most Vintages, the proportion of Cabernet Franc is close to 50%, with
the balance Cabernet Sauvignon."
- Robert Parker, Jr. /, The Wine Advocate, Issue 114 -
Viader Vineyards & Winery / 1120 Deer Park Road / Deer Park, CA / 707-963-3816