SILVERADO VINEYARDS
6121 Silverado Trail, Napa, California 94558
by Sergio Sismondo


After the impressive renovation of this imposing "top-of-the-hill" building, the tasting room is large, comfortable, inviting, and takes full advantage of the splendid view of the northern valley from this height. Visitor Center staff do a great job of answering questions, technical and historical, regarding Silverado Vineyards and its superb wines. It is a popular and often extremely busy tasting room. The wines are very fine and demonstrate year after year the commitment to excellence which characterizes this vineyard. Visiting Silverado Vineyards is always a pleasant experience.

OUR CHOICES

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Visitor Center Manager - Jennifer Wilkinson, Visitor Center Manager - Tom Kalbrener from Hospitility in the wine tasting room

Following is a list of them accompanied by our ratings for each.

Cabernet-Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, 1998 91
Cabernet-Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, 1999 93
Cabernet-Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, 2000 90
Cabernet-Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, 2001 91
Cabernet-Sauvignon, Solo, Stags Leap District, 2002 90
Cabernet-Sauvignon, Solo, Stags Leap District, 2003 92
Cabernet-Sauvignon, Stags Leap District,   2004 91
Cabernet-Sauvignon, Estate, Limited Reserve, 2001 93
Cabernet-Sauvignon, Estate, Limited Reserve, 2002 92
Cabernet-Sauvignon, Estate, 2000 92
Cabernet-Sauvignon, Estate, 2001 90
Cabernet-Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2000 90
Chardonnay, Yountville Ranch, 2000 90
Chardonnay, 2002 89
Chardonnay, Estate, 2003 88
Chardonnay, Estate, 2004 90
Chardonnay, Carneros 2004 90
Chardonnay, "Vineburg" 2004 90
Merlot, Estate, 2001 90
Merlot, Estate, 2002 90
Merlot, Estate 2003 91(2)
Sangiovese Estate, 2001 88
Sangiovese Estate, 2002 89
Sangiovese Estate, 2003 89
Sangiovese Estate, 2004 89
Sangiovese Rose 2004 88
Sangiovese Rose 2005 88
Sangiovese "Fantasia" 2002 90
Sangiovese "Fantasia" 2004 90(1)
Sauvignon Blanc, 2000 89
Sauvignon Blanc, 2002 89
Sauvignon Blanc, 2003 88
Sauvignon Blanc, 2004 88
Sauvignon Blanc, 2005 91
Semillon "Late Harvest" Miller Ranch, N.D. 90
Semillon "Late Harvest" (2006 tasting) N.D 91
Semillon "Late Harvest" 2003 94(3)
Zinfandel, 2002 88
Zinfandel, 2003 88
Zinfandel, 2004 88

  • (1) Fantasia is a blend of Sangiovese 57%, Cabernet-Sauvignon 40% and Zinfandel 1%.

    (2) This wonderful wine is made from a blend of Merlot 90% and Cabernet-Sauvignon 10%.

    (3) This is a great dessert wine, made with a blend of Semillon 89% and Sauvignon Blanc 11%.

  • Our "best value for money" choice for 2007 went to the Merlot 2003. It is priced at $30.00, and received our rating of 91.
  • Our choice for best red wine tasted in 2007 is the 2001 Cabernet-Sauvignon Limited Reserve which is priced at $100.00 and received our rating of 93. This powerful wine is a superb example of a Napa Valley Cabernet-Sauvignon, with its aromas of black currant, plum and chocolate, and is perfectly reflective of the Stags Leap characteristics. The excellent 2002 vintage characteristics are also in full evidence. Vintage, terroir and craftsmanship have all come together with a spectacular result.
  • Among the white wines, our choice of the best buy candidates goes to the Sauvignon Blanc of 2002, priced at $16, and with our rating of 89. This wine won two gold medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
 

Patricia Fletcher pouring a great Cabernet - Sauvignon

 

Silverado Vineyards also has a wine club: Silverado Vineyards Wine Club. Members can choose between two programs to receive the vineyard's releases through the mail at discounted prices.
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RETROSPECTIVE

This year we tasted a wide range of red wines: Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. All the wines were excellent, and we rated them mostly in the 90's. It was a difficult choice to find the one we liked the best.

  • Finally our preference settled on the Cabernet-Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, 1999. Priced at $65 per bottle, it received our rating of 93.
  • Our second choice went to the new release, Cabernet-Sauvignon, 2000, which also distinguishes itself. It is priced at $35 and we rated it 92.
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  • Our "Best value for money" choice goes to the Zinfandel, "Quicksilver", 2001, which is priced at $20 and which we rated 91. A good buy, in our opinion. In fact, we took several bottles home, for our cellar.

The Zinfandel sampled is included in the extensive Zinfandel listing in this web site, in the section "Wine Listings / California - Zinfandel".

There is a 5% half case discount; 10% full case discount; and 15% discount for two cases or more.

The Zinfandel sampled is included in the extensive Zinfandel listing in this web site, in the section "Wine Listings / California - Zinfandel".

For more information, please visit: www.silveradovineyards.com

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