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2008 Silverado Vineyards Mt Geordo Merlot - Duo Pack

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Full body with a hint of spicy berry

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The Season
The New Year began with storms that brought high winds and heavy rains to the valley, but precipitation soon became scarce and for the second year in a row, Napa Valley received little more than 60 percent of its normal rainfall. Warm spring days pushed vines out early, and the persistent frigid, dry air during the nights created conditions for the longest frost period in decades. The harvest was condensed.

The Vineyard
Located east of Napa, Mt. George Vineyard is the site of one of the first grape plantings in the valley in the 19th century. The deep, gravelly soils are derived from volcanic rock and ash, providing depth and structure to Silverado’s wines.

The Process
The grapes were harvested at an average brix of 25.0 . The wine was drained and pressed off the skins after 17 days. Completing malolactic fermentation in the barrel, the wine was then racked and placed back in the barrel to age for 15 months. Oak profile during aging, 96% French oak and 4% American oak, 42% of the French oak was new.

The Experience
Bright, ripe cherry aromas interlaced with dried and fresh herb notes. On the palate, medium to full body with spicy berry flavors. Balanced acidity and tannin lead to a long finish.

The Facts
Varietal Composition: 91% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petite Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Napa, California
Barrel Aging: 15 months in 96% French oak (42% New) and 4% American oak
Alcohol: 14.9%
pH: 3.59
Ron and Diane started their journey into wine in 1975 while Diane and her mother was on a day trip to Napa from Los Angeles.  Napa wine was increasingly building a name for itself in the world of wine, and the Miller family was intrigued by the opportunity it could bring.  So in 1976, the Miller family purchased Miller Ranch, an 81-acre vineyard with Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer vines in Yountville.  In 1978, the Miller family purchased their 2nd investment, Silverado Vineyard, a 93-acre vineyard with Cabernet Sauvignon vines in Stags Leap.
The Miller family initially planned to only growing grapes, but eventually, they decided to build a winery.  In 1980, the Miller family’s winery architect was approached by Jack Stuart, a young up-and-coming winemaker looking for a job and soon became Miller family’s founding winemaker.  Under the leadership of Jack Stuart, Silverado Vineyards released their inaugural vintage, a 1981 Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in 1983.  The following year, in 1984, Silverado Vineyards released their first Cabernet Sauvignon, and in 1986 their first release of Merlot, a 1983 vintage.
Silverado Vineyards took front stage in 1987 at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London, all four of Silverado Vineyards' entries took home gold medals, Jack Stuart was named IWSC Winemaker of the Year, and Silverado Vineyards was named American Winery of the Year in the Grand National Competition.
The Miller family continued to acquire vineyards throughout the years: 29-acre Firetree Vineyard in Carneros (1988), 110-acre Mt. George Vineyard in the hillside of Napa Valley (1989), 17-acre near Soda Creek Canyon (1992),  and 30-acre Vineburg Vineyard in Carneros (2000).
Jack Stuart retired in 2004 and Jon Emmerich was ushered into the position of lead winemaker.  Today, under the leadership of Jon, Silverado Vineyards continues to uphold traditional technique with a twist of modern innovation to produce award-winning wine.
Wine Spectator - 83 pts
"Lean and tight, with firm notes of tart berry, mineral and cedar. Drink now through 2017. 3,000 cases made." –TF
Aging Potential: 5-10 Years
Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%
Appellation: Napa, California
Barrel Type: French Oak, American Oak
Body: Full
Color: Garnet
Flavor Pairing: Herb Roast, Barbecue
Food Pairing: Steak, Shellfish, Salmon
On the Nose: Spicy, Black Cherry
On the Palate: Tannins, Black Cherry, Allspice
Serving Recommendation: Cup Glass in Hand to Warm Slightly
Texture: Earthy
Varietal: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

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