Silverado is one of those rare exceptions in Napa Valley: a three generation family owned winery crafting only estate grown wines and charging a fair price for them. I can’t think of anyone else in Napa who can string those three clauses together truthfully.
Planted in the 1970s by Ron and Diane Miller, see the Silverado Vineyard takes its name from the abandoned mining town at the southern end of Napa Valley (the vineyard is also the start of the famous Silverado Trail, look with the same namesake).
In 1978 the Milers were one of the first of three families to plant Cabernet in the Stag’s Leap District of Napa. By the middle of the next decade that Cabernet was winning international wine competitions, and in the middle of the 90s Silverado Cabernet tops the Wine Spectator top 100 list as well becoming one of three designated “heritage” clones of Cabernet at UC Davis.
That same Cabernet vineyard and that same family creates the Cabernet of today:
The 2009 vintage opens with an effusive and beautiful bouquet of blackberries, baking spices, rich mocha and cedar, followed by graphite and pencil lead. In addition to its friendly price (see below)Silverado vineyards have held this back in their cellar – it’s the 2009 vintage, and it drinks amazing now: the palate is supple and silky, with its voluptuously smooth tannins fully integrated bringing a black cherry and kirsch flavor to the finish. I started drinking it as a cocktail, assuming I was going to share it at Thanksgiving dinner. Instead, I finished the bottle all by myself, in the kitchen – it’s just that good.
In Napa Cabernet, it’s the new that’s news, and a big splash is almost always concomitant with a big price. But there is no reason for this. Think about Bordeaux, or Italian Super Tuscans, or anywhere else in the world growing great Cabernet (or California Zinfandel for that matter) – it’s the venerable, old-vine vineyards that are considered great, not the newest juice from the press mill.
Silverado a rare exception: some of the oldest Cabernet vines in Napa, one of the longest and most successful wine-making families in Napa, who, in their words “try and offer our best wine at a fair price.” Now that’s the holiday spirit. Cheers!
2009 Silverado Vineyards
Estate Grown Napa Cabernet
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