When considering planting a vineyard to grow premium fruit, whether it be Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, or Viura, the soil the fruit will be grown in is one of the most important factors. And, the diversity of soils found throughout the world allow for so many incredible wines to be produced from a plethora of varieties. The soils give character, thanks to the way it retains water or doesn’t (like clay-filled soils vs. sandy soils), how the soils reflect or consumes sunlight, keeping vines warm or cool, helping the vines grow and develop, embarking flavor. The array of soils in Napa Valley have made the region one of America’s prime locations for producing incredible Cabernet Sauvignon. Add in a variety of microclimates, from cool Coombsville to hot Calistoga, along with varying elevations and happy grapes are destined to create elevated, elegant wine.
From the historic Mt. George Vineyard in Coombsville just outside of Napa proper with cooler temperatures, rolling hills, and gravely loamy soils sitting atop the ancient Mt. George volcano, Silverado Vineyards GEO Cabernet Sauvignon ($75) showcases luscious, layered, full-bodied fruit. Greek for “Earth” and short for George, GEO tells the story of place, showing luscious black cherry, cassis, plum, and blackberry melding seamlessly with toasted almond, nutmeg, allspice, and anise. Silky and soft, while maintaining bold tannin structure, the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine beautifully represents the history of this place and the beauty we always hope to find when enjoying great Napa Valley Cabernet.