In 1988, Ron and Diane Miller, purchasedÂ the Mt George Vineyard, the site of the first vinifera plantings in the Coombsville AVA.Â Situated in a quiet corner of the Napa Valley a few miles east of the city of Napa, Mt George is a vineyard of undeniable strength. As the 20th anniversary of Silveradoâ€™s first Mt George harvest approached in 2012, the decision was made to make a wine for the occasion. It is called GEO â€“ Greek for â€œEarthâ€ and short for â€œGeorgeâ€ â€“ and it represents the highest expression of single-vineyard Cabernet from this extraordinary place.
AÂ series of warm days and cool nights pushed Napa Valleyâ€™s vintners and growers across the 2014 harvest finish line by the third week of October. This yearâ€™s harvest will go down as one of the earliest ever in Napa Valley and it will also be noted for near-perfect weather throughout the growing season, resulting in a fairly abundant and very high-quality crop. In spite of the drought, vintners are using words like, â€œquality,â€ â€œdepth of flavorâ€ and â€œexcellentâ€ to describe their expectations for the 2014 vintage. Many are also using â€œgood fortuneâ€ among the blessings they are counting in a season where Mother Nature threw a curveball.
Tasting Notes: Ripe dark cherry, plum and herb aromas with dry acidity and slow approaching tannins. Hints of cola, oregano and freshly cracked peppercorns with a tantalizing plum and smoky finish.
97% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Petit Verdot
100% Mt George Vineyard
September 21 and 30, 2014
skin contact21 days of skin contact
oak profile19.5 months barrel age40% new oak
New oak profile: 100% French
Overall oak profile: 91% French, 9% American
5.80 g/L TA
Bottled August 2016