Stags Leap District AVA, Napa Valley, CA
Silverado Vineyards 2006 'SOLO' Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, CA
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, December 2009, 94 Points – “The 2006 Solo has a dense purple color, a big, sweet nose of lead pencil shavings intermixed with crème de cassis, new saddle leather, charcoal, and spice box. Its brilliant delineation and full-bodied texture, with nothing out of place in a seamless integration of all its building blocks make for a stylistic, flavorful, elegant, yet powerful wine to drink over the next 20-25 years.”
One of the first three vineyards planted to Cabernet in the appellation, Silverado’s Stags Leap vineyard helped establish the reputation of the Stags Leap District AVA. The vineyard is blessed with western and northern exposures to the late afternoon sun. It is also home to Silverado’s winery, located on the northeastern top of the knoll, surrounded by slopes of gravelly soils which form the vineyard’s individual blocks. The result is Cabernet with flavors of plum and black cherry, excellent acid structure and fine-grained tannin, all classic characteristics of wines from Stags Leap District.