A century later, the Miller family began the journey Stevenson described, establishing Silverado Vineyards in 1981. “It was beautiful land, and it was land that was working,” says Diane Miller of their first vineyards, purchased in the 1970s. Diane and Ron sold their grapes to some of Napa’s best vintners, who made award winning wines from them year after year. Encouraged, they struck out on their own with the goal of making the best wines the estate could produce at a fair price. This has remained the guiding philosophy over the years. The winery’s name, Silverado, comes from the abandoned mining town at the top of the Napa Valley, where Stevenson stayed so many years ago. It is an appropriate symbol: three generations of the Miller family are still “prospecting” for wine, staying true to the idea of coaxing something precious from the soils we are privileged to care for.
2014 Mt. George Merlot 94 Points wine.com
Broad, easygoing tannins and a nose of mocha and plum lead into a well-structured and ripe Merlot. Expansive notes of sage and orange bitters are beautifully balanced with coffee bean–kissed purple fruit and a weaving of graphite. As a note, Mt. George Vineyard is located on the eastern edge of Coombsville and was the site of one of the first grape plantings in Napa Valley in the 19th century. The soils are deep and gravelly from volcanic rock and ash.
2014 GEO Cabernet Sauvignon 95 Points James Suckling
Vibrant aromas of blueberries and blackcurrants follow through to a full body, a tight and dense center palate and a long and silky finish. So beautiful. Polished and refined. Drink in 2020.
2010 SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon 93 Points Wine Advocate
Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the inky/purple-colored 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Solo offers up sweet cassis fruit notes intermixed with kirsch, licorice and spice. Elegant, medium to full-bodied, pure and rich, this impressive effort reveals good acidity, vibrancy and freshness. It should drink well for 15-20 years.
2009 Limited Cabernet Sauvignon 94 Points Wine Enthusiast
This is a barrel selection, presumably limit ed in cases. It’s an extraordinarily rich, concentrated 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, made in the modern cult-style of massively extracted blackberries, black currants, cassis liqueur and chocolate, with oak bringing the usual sweet toast and vanilla complexities. This deserves its high score for sheer opulence and great Napa structure. Delicious now, and could easily age for at least 10 years.
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