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Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 1996

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Vintage Notes: Brought about by unusually high summer temperatures, the 1996 was a condensed, short harvest that will be compared to the 1984 vintage. Cabernet came out unscathed from the May showers that caused the yield-reducing "shatter" in other varietals. The hot growing season met a dramatic cooling trend in August that continued through September, allowing flavor to catch up with sugars. The earliest harvest to date, grapes arrived at the winery on August 17. While it is likely to be overshadowed by the 1995 and 1997 vintages, this wine should not be overlooked.Winemaking Notes: Fermentation was followed by an extended maceration for an average of 23 days on the skins. The wine averaged 15 months in 40 percent new barrels. Analysis: Alcohol, 13.5%; titratable acidity, 6.7 grams per liter; pH, 3.63; volatile acidity, 0.70 grams per liter; residual sugar, dry. Tasting Notes: Forward fruit of crushed berries, vanilla, cedar, bay leaf and cocoa in the aroma. Cherry and blackberry on the palate blends well with sweet oak. Fine concentration and balance. Lengthy finish.

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Silverado Vineyards:
The Stags Leap District is one of the smallest, yet most renowned, wine growing regions in Napa Valley. Here, Silverado Vineyards has been quietly producing world-class wines from their state-of-the-art winery for over 20 years. With grapes sourced almost entirely from Silverado’s family-owned estate vineyards, these hand-crafted wines are created in small lots with extreme care. They express... Read more
The Stags Leap District is one of the smallest, yet most renowned, wine growing regions in Napa Valley. Here, Silverado Vineyards has been quietly producing world-class wines from their state-of-the-art winery for over 20 years. With grapes sourced almost entirely from Silverado’s family-owned estate vineyards, these hand-crafted wines are created in small lots with extreme care. They express richness, elegance and age-worthiness. Silverado wines are unique - one-of-a-kind blends of location, philosophy and winemaking style. The Mediterranean-style stone winery, established in 1981, stands on a knoll above the Silverado Trail in the heart of the Stags Leap District. Silverado is a legendary name from the early mining days. Today it symbolizes the Miller family’s long term commitment to the future of Napa Valley wine. Read less
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Vintage Notes: Brought about by unusually high summer temperatures, the 1996 was a condensed, short harvest that will be compared to the 1984 vintage. Cabernet came out unscathed from the May showers that caused the yield-reducing "shatter" in other varietals. The hot growing season met a dramatic cooling trend in August that continued through September, allowing flavor to catch up with sugars. The earliest harvest to date, grapes arrived at the winery on August 17. While it is likely to be overshadowed by the 1995 and 1997 vintages, this wine should not be overlooked.Winemaking Notes: Fermentation was followed by an extended maceration for an average of 23 days on the skins. The wine averaged 15 months in 40 percent new barrels. Analysis: Alcohol, 13.5%; titratable acidity, 6.7 grams per liter; pH, 3.63; volatile acidity, 0.70 grams per liter; residual sugar, dry. Tasting Notes: Forward fruit of crushed berries, vanilla, cedar, bay leaf and cocoa in the aroma. Cherry and blackberry on the palate blends well with sweet oak. Fine concentration and balance. Lengthy finish.

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