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Oh, what a perfect expression of Stags Leap this is.”
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In 1968, Silverado’s estate vineyard became the fourth planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in the Stags Leap District, now world renowned for its Cabernet Sauvignon.

Over the next two decades, through meticulous field selection, an entirely new clone of Cabernet Sauvignon emerged here. The vines had adapted to Silverado Vineyard’s steep, shale soils to produce fruit with the character and structure for which the Stags Leap District came to be known.

The University of California, Davis acknowledged this unique vine with a ‘Heritage’ designation. It is one of only three Cabernet Sauvignons to attain this status––and the only one from Stags Leap District.

Each year, we honor this extraordinary clone distinction with SOLO.

Silverado Vineyard

One of the first four vineyards planted to Cabernet in the appellation in the 1960’s, Silverado’s Stags Leap vineyard helped establish the reputation of the Stags Leap District. The vineyard is blessed with western exposures to the late afternoon sun. It is also home to our winery, located on the northeastern top of the knoll, surrounded by slopes of gravelly soils which form our best individual blocks.

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Silverado’s Heritage Clone Specifics

  • selection name Cabernet Sauvignon FPS 30
  • selection number 1996-0-6334-30
  • variety Cabernet Sauvignon
  • source Heritage Disney Silverado Clone, Napa, CA
  • treatments Microshoot tip tissue culture therapy

Comments

Cabernet Sauvignon FPS 30 is one of three well-respected Cabernet Sauvignon clones that were selected by Phil Freese and Deborah Golino in 1989 from Napa Valley vineyards with a reputation for quality wine production. The Disney Silverado selection was collected from an old vineyard off the Silverado Trail. That vineyard was believed to be planted with the ‘See Clone’ of Cabernet Sauvignon. Microshoot tip tissue culture therapy was used to clean up FPS 30 and is now part of the UC Davis plant material catalogue.

Proprietors of Silverado Vineyard

The majestic beauty of the Silverado Vineyard site has captivated its owners since the 1840’s. Its agricultural legacy serves as a living diorama of the development of Napa Valley and of its now-thriving grape-growing tradition. SOLO is Silverado’s singular expression of this storied site.  

Timeline A 1841

1841

Damaso Rodriguez

Commandant of the San Francisco Presidio Garrison–Land Grant was Yajome Rancho: E. of Napa River, W. of Vacas from Napa to Yountville.

1846

Salvador Vallejo

Captain–Military Commander, Sonoma Center, Mexican Army Major–1st Battalion of native Cavalry, California Volunteers in the Civil War, Union Army, Civil War Subdivided the Rancho.

Timeline B 1860

1860

Herman Muller

Unknown.

Chancellor Hartson

Napa County District Attorney, County Judge, State Assemblyman, State Senator, Founder of Bank of Napa. Pictured.

1870

J.S. Trubody

Yountville blackberry grower.

Timeline C 1872 Bw

1872

Abel McFarland

Saloonkeeper, gold miner, livery stable owner, insurance agent, dairyman, grape grower—first planted the property to vinifera, (Zinfandel Burger and Burgundy) in 1888.

1907 to 1922

C.K. Sturtevant

Unknown.

Edgar D. Meissner

President of Napa Shoe Makers.

Bertram Nixon

Son of a U.S. Senator.

J.A. McCarthy

of San Francisco.

1922

Mission Land & Cattle Company

Grazing land during prohibition.

Timeline F 1968

1942

Thomas Ferro

Berkeley fruit dealer.

1948

Goeken family

Became known as Goeken Ranch with cattle sold under the “G/G” brand.

1968

The See family

California’s great chocolatiers – changed the property name to Silverado Vineyard.

Timeline G Today

1978 - Present

The Miller Family

In 1978, Ron and Diane Miller purchased the 226 acres in the heart of the now celebrated Stags Leap District. They founded Silverado Vineyards on this land in 1981.  

Today, their children and grandchildren carry their family legacy forward.


Our SOLO Vintages

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  • Technical Notes

    16.5 months barrel age
    14.7% Alcohol
    6.19 g/L TA
    3.53 pH
  • “Oh, what a perfect expression of Stags Leap this is.”
    Wine Enthusiast, March 2006
  • Harvest

    September 21 - October 8, 2002
    26.3° Brix

    Bottled

    September 29, 2004
  • Technical Notes

    16 months barrel age
    14.2% Alcohol
    5.86 g/L TA
    3.66 pH
  • “Here is the sort of purity and intensity we hope for when we open a bottle of wine…”
    Koeppel on Wine, January 2007
  • Harvest

    October 4, 2003
    24.0° Brix

    Bottled

    September 2005
  • Technical Notes

    16 months barrel age
    14.6% Alcohol
    5.80 g/L TA
    3.63 pH
  • “…a classic example of a Stags Leap offering…refreshing and delicate despite serious flavor intensity…”
    Wine Advocate, December 2007
  • Harvest

    September 18 & 22, 2004
    25.3° Brix

    Bottled

    September 2006
  • Technical Notes

    18 months barrel age
    14.9% Alcohol
    5.44 g/L TA
    3.67 pH
  • “A brilliant effort…an elegant, but substantial authoritatively flavored Cabernet Sauvignon”
    Wine Advocate, December 2008
  • Harvest

    October 17 – 22, 2005
    25.8° Brix

    Bottled

    August 2007
  • Technical Notes

    17 months barrel age
    14.7% Alcohol
    5.82 g/L TA
    3.65 pH
  • “…a seamless integration of all its building blocks make for a stylistic, flavorful, elegant, yet powerful wine…”
    Wine Advocate, December 2009
  • Harvest

    October 18 – 20, 2006
    24.7° Brix

    Bottled

    September 2008
  • Technical Notes

    16 months barrel age
    15.2% Alcohol
    5.36 g/L TA
    3.68 pH
  • “…fabulously rich and full-bodied, yet at the same time, the elegance is very apparent... This is a brilliant wine…”
    Wine Advocate, December 2009
  • Harvest

    September 28 & 30, 2007
    25° Brix

    Bottled

    August 2019
  • Technical Notes

    19 months barrel age
    14.7% Alcohol
    5.40 g/L TA
    3.64 pH
  • “This is a complex wine...full body, with firm tannins and a long flavorful finish...”
    JamesSuckling.com, June 2011
  • Harvest

    September 24 - 27, 2008
    23.7° Brix

    Bottled

    August 2010
  • Technical Notes

    19 months barrel age
    13.9% Alcohol
    5.88 g/L TA
    3.64 pH
  • “Dry and full bodied...with a grounding quality...The tannins are profound...”
    Wine Enthusiast, August 2012
  • Harvest

    October 7 – 8, 2009
    23.5° Brix

    Bottled

    August 2011
  • Technical Notes

    18 months barrel age
    14.2% Alcohol
    6.63 g/L TA
    3.53 pH
  • “Elegant, medium to full-bodied, pure and rich, this impressive effort reveals good acidity, vibrancy and freshness.”
    Wine Advocate, October 2013
  • Harvest

    October 18 - 19, 2010
    23.8° Brix

    Bottled

    August 2011
  • Technical Notes

    17 months barrel age
    13.3% Alcohol
    5.59 g/L TA
    3.50 pH
  • “It is elegant and old-school in style, pretty in violets and red berries, with a juicy, soft texture.”
    Wine Enthusiast, February 2015
  • Harvest

    October 19 & 25, 2011
    22.5° Brix

    Bottled

    August 2012
  • Technical Notes

    18 months barrel age
    14.4% Alcohol
    6.10 g/L TA
    3.52 pH
  • “Black currants, blackberries, flowers and blueberries on the nose and palate. Full body. Very fine tannins and fresh character.”
    JamesSuckling.com, July 2015
  • Harvest

    October 11, 13, & 18, 2012
    24.2° Brix

    Bottled

    August 2013
  • Technical Notes

    18.5 months barrel age
    14.2% Alcohol
    5.70 g/L TA
    3.49 pH
  • “It’s a luxury wine that’s delicious rather than aggressive—it’s smooth, sweet and inviting.”
    Wine&Spirits, June 2017
  • Harvest

    September 18, 27, & 29, 2013
    24.5° Brix

    Bottled

    August 2015
  • Technical Notes

    19 months barrel age
    14.2% Alcohol
    7.00 g/L TA
    3.31 pH
  • “Blackberries, blueberries, mushrooms and licorice...Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a savory finish.”
    JamesSuckling.com, May 2017
  • Harvest

    September 23 & 29, 2014
    23.6° Brix

    Bottled

    August 2016
  • Technical Notes

    17 months barrel age
    14.3% Alcohol
    6.40 g/L TA
    3.45 pH
  • “...primed for aging glory. This wine’s balance of oak, fruit, tannins and acidity excels...”
    The Somm Journal, Fall 2018
  • Harvest

    September 9 – 11, 2015
    24.8° Brix

    Bottled

    August 2016