2015 - GEO Cabernet Sauvignon

In 1988, Ron and Diane Miller, purchased the Mt George Vineyard, the site of the first vinifera plantings in the Coombsville AVA.  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 Silverado’s first Mt George harvest approached in 2012, the decision was made to make a wine for the occasion. It is called GEO – Greek for “Earth” and short for “George” – and it represents the highest expression of single-vineyard Cabernet from this extraordinary place.

GEO Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage Notes The 2015 growing season in Napa Valley started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring. This resulted in an early bud break and bloom. Colder temperatures in May (during the peak of bloom) caused uneven fruit set which ultimately resulted in a much smaller crop in 2015, compared to both average yields and the three abundant years that preceded it. As a result, winemakers worked together with vineyard crews and employed new technologies, like optical sorting, to ensure they picked and crushed only the best quality grapes. The harvest was one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley, beginning on July 22 with the picking of grapes for sparkling wine, and concluding for most all vintners and growers in the valley by mid-October. While ongoing drought was of great concern to farmers around California, Napa Valley received 75% of normal rainfall for the year, bringing far fewer water concerns for Napa Valley’s vintners. Tasting Notes Dense black purple color. Aromas of earth, bittersweet chocolate, and dark red fruit compote. Full-bodied with a seamless transition from aroma to flavor. Reviews 92 points from Wine Spectator, James Molesworth, August 31, 2019 issue
90 points from Decanter Magazine, Linda Murphy, California tastings, 7/8/18
  • Varietal 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Appellation Coombsville
  • Vineyard 100% Mt George Vineyard
  • Harvest Info September 13 - 14, 2015
    26.2° Brix
  • Skin Contact Average 16 days of skin contact
  • Oak Profile 17 months barrel age
    55% new oak
    New oak profile: 100% French
    Overall oak profile: 86% French, 14% American
  • Analysis 14.8% Alcohol
    5.62 g/L
    3.60 pH
    0.05% Rs
    Bottled August 2017