Ron Miller and his wife, Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt, opened the winery of Silverado vineyards in 1981. While her maiden name leads some to call Silverado “The Disney Winery” there is nothing Disney-esque about the gorgeous estate in the heart of the Stags Leap District. Since 1981 Only two people have led the winemaking team. Today that post is held by Jon Emmerich. Silverado’s vineyards are located throughout Napa Valley, each providing a unique palate for Emmerich to work with. While the name Silverado Vineyards might be familiar it’s actually not a very large winery, producing ,only about 75,000 cases per year. While this winery is neither new, nor historic, neither large nor small, make no mistake, there is nothing average about the wines Emmerich and his team are making in the heart of Napa Valley.
Jon Emmerich, Winemaker, Silverado Vineyards
2016 Silverado Vineyards Carneros Chardonnay
Pale straw color. Aromas of golden apple and lime zest lead to a touch of flinty minerality. On the palate, this wine has a medium weight plush texture and a slightly toasty finish with a balanced acidity.
2014 Silverado Vineyards Mt. George Vineyard Merlot
Nice bright ruby color. On the nose this wine brings aromas of bing cherry, cocoa, espresso, graphite and savory spice. On the palate flavors of black cherry, cola, blueberry, and cocoa are given life by a bright acidity with firm tannin. Great texture!
2014 Silverado Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby in color to a purple rim. Elegance and finesse on the nose. Just a whiff lets you know this wine is special. Flavors of mixed berries, red currant, fresh herbs, dutch cocoa and purple flowers combine with lovely balance of acid and tannin. Beautiful.
2015 Silverado Vineyards GEO Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville
100% cabernet sauvignon. Aromas and flavors of black plum, black cherry, sage, toasty, and a nice flinty minerality. Big, grippy, tannin is balance by bright acidity. This wine from a big vintage will reward you after a few years of cellar time.
2015 Silverado Vineyards Solo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District
Nose showing pencil lead and green olive but on the palate the fruit shines through. A stunning portrait of Stags Leap District cabernet sauvignon in a bottle. Elegance and complexity. Still young, drinkable now, but in 5 years or more, WOW!