Wine of the Day; 2014 Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Franc Mount George Vineyard #CabFrancDay

This is an altogether delightful wine that combines California fruit with a harmonious structure that leans more toward the Old World

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This wine is a blend of 98% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1% Petit Verdot from the Mt. George Vineyard in the Coombsville sub-appellation of the Napa Valley.  The Mt George vineyard, first planted in 1868, was one  first grape plantings in the Napa Valley.   Situated in the foothills of an ancient volcano, the vineyard is planted on gravelly loam soils.

My tasting notes follow:

Color: Garnet
Aromas: Promising boysenberry, blackberry, sandalwood,  and dried savory herbs with a hint  of violets
Body: Medium-bodied and moderately fresh with refined mouth feel and soft well-integrated tannins
Taste: Pure and fruit forward boysenberry, red currant, and blackberry flavors accented with a subtle vanilla spice.
Finish: Lingering, slightly earthy and satisfying

89-90 pts| 14.8%abv | SRP – $50|Sample purchased for review

This is an altogether delightful wine that combines California fruit with a harmonious structure that leans more toward the Old World

Pair with: Grilled Steak, Meatloaf, Burgers, Lasagna,  Grilled Lamb, or Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

About Silverado Vineyards

Silverado Vineyards, which is located in the the Stag’s Leap District of the Napa Valley, was founded in 1981  by Diane Disney Miller and Ron Miller.  But they purchased two properties in the late Seventies, including the 93-acre Silverado Ranch and sold fruit to other wineries.  The winery has grown to nearly 400 acres, which are organically and sustainably farmed.   They produce  estate and single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay.  The current winemaker Jonathan Emmerich has been on board since 1998!

You can see the complete history of the winery (including timeline) here.

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  1. I appreciate the aromas are promising. Sounds like they followed through on the palate!

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