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2009 Silverado Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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Medium body filled with fruit and spice

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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
Stags Leap Vineyard (47%) - The sloping, gravelly soils and sunny exposure of this vineyard helped establish the reputation of Stags Leap District for fine Cabernet Sauvignon.

Mt. George Vineyard (48%) - 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 degree brix of 24.2. Fermentation was conducted in small stainless steel tanks where the wine spent an average of 20 days on the skins. After draining and pressing the must, the wine was put into 59 gallon oak barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation. Forty-seven percent of the barrels were new oak, of which ninety-eight percent were French oak and two percent were American oak, overall blend – 96% French oak, 4% American.

The Experience
Plum, spice, earth, dried herb and sweet oak aromas. Medium body with well-integrated fruit, spice and oak flavors. Balanced acidity and tannin give a long finish with flavors that linger.

The Facts
Varietal Composition: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Napa, California
Barrel Aging: 96% French oak (98% New), 4% American oak
Harvest Date: September 9 to October 12, 2009
Bottling Date: August 2011
Alcohol: 14.5%
pH: 3.77
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.
The Tasting Panel - 91 pts
"Smooth, juicy and fresh with tangy plum, black cherry and spice; velvety and balanced with notes of licorice and cinnamon; long and tangy, bright and stylish" - Anthony Dias Blue
Aging Potential: 10-15 Years
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Appellation: Napa, California
Barrel Type: French Oak, American Oak
Body: Medium
Color: Red-Purple
Flavor Pairing: Tomato Base, Spicy Asian
Food Pairing: Shellfish, Pork, Chicken
On the Nose: Spicy, Plum, Oak, Dried Herbs, Dirt, Black Cherry
On the Palate: Tannins, Plum, Oak, Blackberry, Black Cherry
Serving Recommendation: Let it Breathe, Room Temperature
Texture: Rich
Varietal: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot

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