From abundant winter rains to cool spring weather, warm summer temperatures and October’s wildfires, 2017 is a memorable vintage. Plentiful winter rains helped refresh our vines and led to a cool, mild spring. Due in part to these warmer temperatures, 90% of Napa Valley’s grape tonnage was harvested before the wine country wildfires began. Based on Silverado’s house wine style, we typically pick early and were fortunate to have 100% of our fruit harvested with no smoke impact.
Crushed blueberry, plum and cranberry are met with spicy paprika, dried thyme and green tobacco leaf. Broad-shouldered with a dusty cocoa finish.
94 points Wine & Spirits
“East of the city of Napa, past the subdivisions and into the lower flank of Mt. George, Silverado’s Mt. George vineyard is a cool site producing a brisk cabernet franc. The 2017 is red-fruited, with green notes of tobacco leaf and some barnyard funk adding complexity, even as the wine feels clean overall”
91 Points James Suckling
“A medium-bodied red with aromas and flavors of crushed redcurrants and blackcurrants, as well as violets, conifer and lemon zest. Raw cacao, too. Sleek, fine tannins and crisp acidity. A little short on the finish. Try from 2021.”
90 Points Jeb Dunnuck
“The 2017 Cabernet Franc comes all from Coombsville and has lots of cool-climate notes of blue fruits, tobacco, pine forest, and sappy herbs as well as a medium-bodied, tight, nicely concentrated style on the palate. It’s well done, balanced, and a rock-solid expression of Cabernet Franc.”