Viader Vineyards & Winery

DARE Reviews






2012 Dare by Viader Cabernet Franc
Good dark red.  Aromatic nose offers black cherry, spices and nutty oak, complicated by tobacco leaf and rose petal.  Tactile and nicely concentrated, with a restrained sweetness and good density to the red berry, mocha and menthol flavors.  Boasts good stuffing and breadth, then finishes a bit youthfully clenched, with a fine dusting of tannins and a faintly tart edge.89 points(May/June 2014)

2009 DARE by Viader Cabernet Franc (May/June '11)

Medium red.  Musky aromas of raspberry, plum, redcurrant and cedar.  Silky but with a firm spine of rather suave tannins to support the ripe red fruit flavors.  Rounder and smoother than the 2008 version (the pH here is a relatively high 3.89), but the finishing fruit and tannins really saturate the mouth.  Sexy wine in the making. 89-91 pts


Dare Tempranillo Label2009 DARE by Viader Tempranillo

Good medium red.  Less fruity on the nose than the 2008, offering scents of huckleberry, iron, menthol and licorice.  Fairly dense and a bit youthfully tough, with sweet dark fruit and spice flavors currently shortened by the wine's serious tannins.  The 2008 seems smoother.
88 pts


2008 DARE by Viader Cabernet Franc

May/Jun 10
Good full red. Very floral nose, with suave oak treatment. Attractive, pliant flavors of red berries and flowers. The finish features building tannins that coat the teeth and very good energy and floral lift. 89-91 points

DARE2008 DARE by Viader Cabernet Sauvignon

Good bright medium red.  Lovely rose petal lift to the aromas of redcurrant, raspberry andtobacco.  Suave, smooth and aromatic in the mouth, with flavors of redcurrant, rose and licorice.  Here the broad, dusty tannins are sweeter than those of the tempranillo, giving the wine's fruit a chance to linger.  All of the 2008 and 2009 Dare wines except for the '09 cabernet sauvignon are from estate fruit, according to winemaker Alan Viader. 89 pts

2008 DARE by Viader Tempranillo

Good deep red-ruby. Reticent nose dominated by medicinal cherry. Then tactile, savory and dry in the mouth, with lovely purity and considerable sex appeal to the cherry, floral and saline flavors. Finishes impressively long, with rather fine tannins and accurate varietal character. Today, this very promising wine makes the finished 2007 come off as stunted and dry by comparison. Ten percent of the oak is American. 89 pts

2007 Reviews


International Wine Cellar

2007 DARE by Viader Cabernet Sauvignon
(IWC May/June 2010): Full red-ruby. Redcurrant and bitter chocolate on the nose. Supple, juicy and sweet but not yet especially complex, with chewy, building tannins currently overshadowing the wine's fruit. Finishes a tad dry but with subtle sweetness and floral lift. Give this a year or two before pulling the cork. (89 points)

(IWC May/June 2009): Bright red-ruby. Spicy red cherry, raspberry and cocoa powder on the nose. Supple and ripe, with a nicely fleshy quality to the slightly medicinal red cherry and red berry flavors. Finishes with chewy, building tannins that arrive late and reach the front teeth. (89-91 points)

2007 DARE by Viader Cabernet Franc
(IWC May/June 2009): Good full medium red. Perfumed aromas of red raspberry, currant and rose petal. Juicy, pretty red fruit flavors offer lovely inner-mouth aromatics and varietal character, but this youthfully tight wine also has a serious tannic spine to support at least several years of bottle aging. The building tannins dust the teeth. (89-91 points)

2007 DARE by Viader Tempranillo
(IWC May/June 2010): Medium bright, deep red. Cherry, licorice and spices on the nose. A bit reduced and youthfully tart in the mouth, with slightly medicinal red cherry and licorice flavors dominating. As with the Dare cabernet, the tannins seem a tad dry today, but this offers very good varietal character. (88 points)

(IWC May/June 2009): Good deep red. Slightly candied, liqueur-like aromas of black cherry and licorice pastille. Dense, sweet and nicely pliant, with tongue-dusting tannins framing the fruit. This was slated to be bottled the day after my visit. (88-89 points)

2006 Reviews

2006 DARE by Viader Cabernet Sauvignon
This very attractive Cabernet comes from the Lewelling Vineyard in St. Helena, and its class shows in the nicely ripened fruit that provides the focus for both rich, curranty aromas and sinewy yet entirely satisfying flavors. And, for all of its evident structure, the wine is relatively smooth and thus enjoyable in the near term if you cannot resist its early charm. For our part, we would put it in the cellar for a few years. Reviewed: December 2009 (90 pts)


Wine: 2006 DARE by Viader Cabernet Sauvignon
KWG Score: 90.3 (based on 3 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)
Review date: November 2, 2009

Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored Cab opens with a mild blackberry and blueberry bouquet with hints of menthol and vanilla. On the palate, this wine is medium to full bodied, balanced, and fruit forward. The flavor profile is a juicy boysenberry with notes of mild black currant and a dash of black pepper. The finish is dry and its noticeable dusty tannins are very lengthy. This wine would pair well with prime rib or beef stew. Enjoy - Ken

This is kind of a second wine from Viader. It’s very good, illustrating classic Napa structure and fruit, although it could be a bit more concentrated. Shows blackberry, currant and cedar flavors that finish dry and spicy. Drink now. Score: 90. —Steve Heimoff, December 01, 2009


INternational Wine Cellar
May/June 2008 Issue 138

2006 DARE by Viader Cabernet Franc
Dark red. Spicy aromas of bitter cherry, flowers, licorice and menthol. Juicy and intense, with a creamy quality and lovely aromatic lift to its flavors of bitter cherry and flowers. Finishes perfumed and persistent, with rather suave tannins. A lovely cabernet franc bottling. (I preferred this wine to the drier ’05, which I scored 90 points a year ago, but 89 in March.) (90 pts)

2006 DARE by Viader Cabernet Sauvignon
Good deep red-ruby. Cassis, flowers, menthol and dusty, nutty oak on the nose. Sweet but serious, with the middle palate currently dominated by the wine’s firms structure. This distinctly claret-like wine finishes with substantial, slightly tough tannins and a primary medicinal character (89(+?) pts)

2006 DARE by Viader Tempranillo
Good deep red. Aromas of bitter cherry, mocha, mint and flowers. Juicy and firmly built, with a medicinal cast to its flavors of bitter cherry and spices. Finishes with substantial, palate-dusting tannins and good breadth. Perhaps a tad sweeter than the 2005 example. (88 pts)


2005 Reviews

2005 DARE by Viader Cabernet Sauvignon

International Wine

Good full ruby-red. Aromas of bitter cherry, leather and band-aid. Sweeter and suppler than the 2005 cabernet franc release, with a distinctly plumper, softer middle palate. Finishes with dusty tannins and lingering sweet fruit. (88 pts)

Wine Spectator

2005 DARE by Viader Cabernet Sauvignon
Complex, tight and focused, displaying dried currant and spicy berry notes, with hints of nutmeg, sage and herbs. The long, focused, lingering, firmly tannic finish bodes well for short-term cellaring. Best from 2009 through 2014. 2,000 cases made. (89 points) –JL

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2005 DARE by Viader Cabernet Franc
Rather sumptuous. Minerally with lots of sweetness. Just a little too dusty but a good and brave effort to introduce the California market to Cab Franc. Tasted 17 Jun 2009 by JR
Score: 17 (of 20 pts)
When to drink: 2010 to 2015

2004 Reviews

Wine & Spirits Magazine

2004 DARE by Viader Cabernet Franc
If further proof is needed that Napa Valley can produce exceptional, elegant cabernet franc, here it is in this second line from VIADER.  Finely ripe rather than ultraripe, its soft, red-fruited flavors feel gentle, leaving an impression that’s pretty rather than bold or heavy.  The light tannins keep it mouthwatering throughout.  (92 points)

International Wine

2004 DARE by Viader Cabernet Franc

Good ruby-red.  Spicy, ripe, highly aromatic nose combines bitter cherry and blackberry.  Silky, sweet and feminine, with a fresh flavor of blackberry.  This possesses good fat as well as firm underlying structure.  Finishes with broad tannins and a suggestion of nutty oak.  In the style of a St. Emilion.  Offers very good potential.  (90 points)

2004 DARE by Viader Tempranillo
Dark red.  Medicinal cherry, spices and smoky oak on the nose.  Sweet, moderately dense and ripe, with a flavor of bitter cherry framed by harmonious acidity.  This seems riper than the 2003 version.  Finishes with dusty tannins that build with air.  Very easy to drink.  (88 points)