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2009 Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Limited Reserve
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89(+?)? Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2013

Saturated red-ruby.  Aromas of cassis, black raspberry, mocha, menthol and graphite, with a more refined oak component than the Estate Grown cabernet.  Juicy, spicy and bright, with redcurrant fruit accented by leafy herbs and menthol.  Nicely intense but with a slightly medicinal, even weedy, quality and a restrained sweetness.  I wanted more give and flesh.  Seems a bit stripped, like the other current red wine releases from Silverado, but I like its light touch.

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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