2015 - SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon

In 1968, Harry See planted the Silverado Vineyard to Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the next two decades with careful vine selection and cultivation, the Silverado Clone emerged becoming the only Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon designated as a “Heritage Clone”, by the University of California, Davis. Each year, we honor this select clone designation with SOLO.

SOLO 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 Bright red plum and lively cherry fruit. A full-bodied palate with mineral nuances. Hints of coffee and vanilla linger on the palate and ends with an elegant well-structured finish. Reviews 97 points from The Tasting Panel Magazine, Meridith May, April 2020 issue
92 points from Wine Spectator, James Molesworth, August 31, 2019 issue
91 points from Decanter Magazine, December 2019 issue, Californian Cabernet 2015 - London Panel Tasting on 9/17/19
  • Varietal 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Appellation Stags Leap District
  • Vineyard 100% Silverado Vineyard
  • Harvest Info September 9 - 11, 2015
  • Skin Contact 21 days of skin contact
  • Oak Profile 17 months barrel age
    50% new oak
    New oak profile: 100% French
    Overall oak profile: 89% French, 11% American
  • Analysis 14.3% Alcohol
    6.40 g/L TA
    3.46 pH