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Silverado Vineyards Merlot Mt George Vineyard Napa Valley 2011

External Review by We Speak Wine:

VINTAGE NOTES: What began with a wet winter and spring continued with rainfall into mid-June that delayed bloom and disrupted fruit set resulting in shatter in parts of the region set the stage for a long, cooler-than-average growing season with a later-than-average harvest beset with early October rain storms. This timetable continued through the somewhat cool summer season. Few high heat events occurred at any point this year, vine canopies were opened up to ensure sunlight, warmth and good air circulation around the grape clusters. WINEMAKING NOTES: The wine was drained and pressed off the skins after 12 days. Completing malolactic fermentation in the barrel, the wine was then racked and placed back in the barrel to age for 16 months. Oak profile during aging, 98% French oak and 2% American oak, 52% of the oak was new French. TASTING NOTES: Our Merlot vines are rooted in the foothills of an ancient volcano, Mt. George. These rocky slopes are in a climate sweet spot: close enough to the cool San Pablo Bay to give the wine aromas of rosemary and mint, warm enough to bring out flavors of blackberry and spice. We finish the wine in oak to add a hint of cocoa and a velvety texture. ALCOHOL: 14.3% T.A.: 5.62 g/L PH: 3.51

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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

External Reviews for Silverado Vineyards Merlot Mt George Vineyard Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/14/2017

VINTAGE NOTES: What began with a wet winter and spring continued with rainfall into mid-June that delayed bloom and disrupted fruit set resulting in shatter in parts of the region set the stage for a long, cooler-than-average growing season with a later-than-average harvest beset with early October rain storms. This timetable continued through the somewhat cool summer season. Few high heat events occurred at any point this year, vine canopies were opened up to ensure sunlight, warmth and good air circulation around the grape clusters. WINEMAKING NOTES: The wine was drained and pressed off the skins after 12 days. Completing malolactic fermentation in the barrel, the wine was then racked and placed back in the barrel to age for 16 months. Oak profile during aging, 98% French oak and 2% American oak, 52% of the oak was new French. TASTING NOTES: Our Merlot vines are rooted in the foothills of an ancient volcano, Mt. George. These rocky slopes are in a climate sweet spot: close enough to the cool San Pablo Bay to give the wine aromas of rosemary and mint, warm enough to bring out flavors of blackberry and spice. We finish the wine in oak to add a hint of cocoa and a velvety texture. ALCOHOL: 14.3% T.A.: 5.62 g/L PH: 3.51




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