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Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 1997

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Vintage Notes: Fine spring weather brought about a healthy bloom. While this February bloom was our first indication that harvest would be early, the June fruit set told us it would also be bountiful. Warm summer conditions were punctuated by a hot first week of August. This week of extreme heat caused the vines to shut down temporarily, giving us time to prepare the winery for the harvest. Grapes started arriving on August 5, our earliest harvest to date. A light rain on September 14 was followed by a warm and breezy Indian summer that continued throughout the harvest. Winemaking Notes: Fermentation was followed by an extended maceration for an average of 25 days on the skins. The wine averaged 20 months in 44 percent new barrels. Analysis: Alcohol, 13.4%; titratable acidity, 6.25 grams per liter; pH, 3.62; volatile acidity, 0.67 grams per liter; residual sugar, dry. Tasting Notes: Forward aromas of cocoa, cassis and bay leaf. Full and rich black cherry and plum fruit meet spice and sweet oak on the palate. Superb balance continues through a persistent 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: Fine spring weather brought about a healthy bloom. While this February bloom was our first indication that harvest would be early, the June fruit set told us it would also be bountiful. Warm summer conditions were punctuated by a hot first week of August. This week of extreme heat caused the vines to shut down temporarily, giving us time to prepare the winery for the harvest. Grapes started arriving on August 5, our earliest harvest to date. A light rain on September 14 was followed by a warm and breezy Indian summer that continued throughout the harvest. Winemaking Notes: Fermentation was followed by an extended maceration for an average of 25 days on the skins. The wine averaged 20 months in 44 percent new barrels. Analysis: Alcohol, 13.4%; titratable acidity, 6.25 grams per liter; pH, 3.62; volatile acidity, 0.67 grams per liter; residual sugar, dry. Tasting Notes: Forward aromas of cocoa, cassis and bay leaf. Full and rich black cherry and plum fruit meet spice and sweet oak on the palate. Superb balance continues through a persistent finish.

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