1998 Viader, Napa Valley

Producer: Viader Vineyards
Vintage: 1998
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: United States, California, Napa Valley
Appellation: Napa Valley
Date tasted: 14 January 2004
Price when tasted: approx £40 (US$56.25)

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Tasting notes


<li> more Bordeaux than California <li> low yields result in high standards<br><br> For some time, my favourite Napa Valley Cabernet-based wine has been the elegant Cain Five. This year, however, my choice goes to Viader 1998, a superb blend of 63% Cabe


A knock-out, but not in the sense of an overweight California Cabernet, more that it tastes like a blend of Châteaux Rauzan-Ségla and Angelus, but with a totally Napa character. There is a Pichon-Comtesse smoothness about it as well.

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