Viader Vineyards & Winery

A1 Block
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2019 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 23 | Lot No. 104
Vintage

2017

Viader Vineyards & Winery

A1 Block

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

10 cases produced

Highlights

  • Highest elevation block of Cabernet Sauvignon from our Howell Mountain estate vineyard
  • Presenting characteristics of mocha and cocoa, intermingled with black cherry licorice high notes
  • Fruit for your Premiere Napa Valley wine comes from well-drained red volcanic soils, and 30-year-old vines deliver powerful mountain-grown structure with finesse
  • Mother and son winemaking team has a combined expertise of more than 50 years

Our home is on the property where our winemaker grew up. No one can claim more intimate knowledge of our vineyard or more direct connection with our wines. This extraordinary wine was barrel fermented and aged in a 500-liter oak foudre and sourced from our most consistent, highest quality block of Cabernet Sauvignon. It will be ready to be enjoyed in 7 to 10 years from the vintage date, but it will last for decades.


Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Wine was dry farmed
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Alan Viader

Winemaker, Viader Vineyards & Winery

Winemaker, Alan Viader

Alan spent his childhood on his family’s vineyard estate on Howell Mountain. His early education in wine and formal schooling helped shape his respect for terroir-driven wines, organic farming, and diverse viticultural practices from around the world.

He started working in the family vineyards at the age of nine and continued to help throughout his childhood, including working as cellarhand in the caves at Viader. After high school, he pursued his passion for grape growing with a hands-on program in Sonoma where he received a degree in Viticulture Management.

In 2002, Alan officially stepped in as Vineyard Manager for Viader in 2002, while simultaneously continuing his education at UC Davis, where he learned the fundamentals in winemaking. In 2005, Alan worked a harvest at Achavel-Ferrer winery in Mendoza, Argentina, which convinced him that winemaking was his calling. Alan officially stepped in as lead winemaker for Viader in 2006. Today, he continues to oversee vineyard management operations while working in all areas of wine production together with his mother, Delia at Viader.

An avid adventurer and seasoned traveler, Alan continues to visit the world’s best wine producers and wine growing regions throughout Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. In 2013, he went to the University of Sciences Agro to study viticulture in Bordeaux, France.

A hands-on experimentalist and eternal student of the vine, Alan has been at the forefront of trialing and adopting the right combination of organic, biodynamic and sustainable practices, not to mention new technology integrations that optimally benefit the quality of Viader wines. In the cellar, Alan has been equally fervent about delivering better quality results, experimenting with different blends, yeasts, fermentations, barreling, etc., always open to new ideas, trials and opportunities to responsibly deliver improved quality wines.

Alan is married to Mariela, his Guatemalan sweetheart and dedicated mother to their three children. He loves grilling, hiking, camping and riding Enduro motorcycles throughout the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, but can sometime be found exploring dirt tracks in Baja California, Mexico. Alan is also a member of the Napa County Sheriff’s Volunteer Search & Rescue team.

As the right-hand to his mother & founder, Delia Viader, Alan oversees Viader production from start to finish. Having inherited his mother’s passion for winemaking and expressing Viader’s unique terroir, Alan is looking forward to continuing the family business for many exciting vintages and generations to come.

Country born: Argentina

Education: UC Davis Enology & Viticulture classes
University of Sciences-Agro in Bordeaux
2005 Harvest at Achaval-Ferrer in Mendoza, Argentina

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Our philosophy is to allow the grapes and terroir (all factors that influence the character of grapes grown in a specific microclimate), to express themselves naturally in every glass of Viader.

Delia Viader

Winemaker, Viader Vineyards & Winery

Winemaker, Delia Viader

I came to the United States as a post-graduate college student. Even before establishing VIADER, I was decidedly more attracted to Old World wines, and particularly impressed by the wines of St. Emilion which incorporate a lot of Cabernet Franc.

This was my inspiration for creating a blend with a high percentage of Cabernet Franc (the VIADER blend usually comprises of nearly 40% Cabernet Franc, and 60% Cabernet Sauvignon).

Always "daring to be different," I decided to bring the Bordeaux style of winemaking and vineyard cultivation to the California hillside by planting the vines in rows going up and down the mountain, following the path of the afternoon sun down the steep slopes of Howell Mountain. Soon after successfully releasing my first vintage, it was clear that with optimal sun exposure, and unique soil that allows for natural drainage, the vines in the rocky terroir produce fruit of exceptional quality.

In 2002, my son Alan came on board first to manage the vineyards and later became our Director of Operations, joining me on the winemaking and production team.

Country born: Argentina

Education: PhD in philosophy from Sorbonne Paris, MBA from MIT Sloan School, Financial Management from UC Berkeley, and Viticulture & Enology classes from UC Davis.

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Our philosophy is to allow the grapes and terroir (all factors that influence the character of grapes grown in a specific microclimate), to express themselves naturally in every glass of Viader.

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22602 Hegar Road
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