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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Viader Proprietary Red 1998
Viader Proprietary Red 1998
(search item no. 16603)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $99.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1998 Viader is an approachable wine with good fruit expression. Cabernet Franc particularly enhanced this vintage with it's great aromatics and bright black cherry fruit. Mountain grown wines tended to fare better in 1998 than on the valley floor –better angle of sun exposure allowed complete ripening. Approachable now, bottle aging will further develop bouquet and complexity. A wonderfully elegant mountain beauty!

Blend: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc

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About Viader Vineyards:

The Viader Estate has 30 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Founded in 1987, Viader is located northeast of St. Helena, at 1200 feet above the Napa Valley floor, on Howell Mountain. Their organically farmed vineyards, established by Delia Viader on land acquired by her father in the early 1980s, produce limited quantities of Bordeaux-style red wines and Syrah.