2017 Silverado Vineyards Merlot Mt George Vineyard
2017 Silverado Vineyards Merlot Mt George Vineyard Memorable vintage, deep soils from volcanic shale and tufa and aging in French and Hungarian barrels. The combination delivering a strong and well-structured Merlot with the scent of forest fruits and oak barrels. Mix of blueberries, plums, vanilla and thyme flavours. The tannin, acidity and flavours are nicely knit. Savoury herbs and sweet berries are met with a clean, mineral finish.
Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.
Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.