The Silenus Merlot is a blend of Merlot from the Materra Vineyard and the Silenus Estate Vineyard both located in the heart of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. The OKD is one of the most diverse growing regions in the Napa Valley. The close proximity to the San Pablo Bay provides the fruit with warm days and cool nights. It has a perfect convergence of growing conditions, the mildest climate in the Napa Valley, alluvial fan soils that provide the right balance of nutrients and stress, and the longest growing season, about 8 months, that results in full and complex flavor development in the grapes.
The Materra vineyard enjoys especially cool evenings due to its proximity to Napa River and the San Pablo Bay, which is critical for growing rich and complex Merlot. The final blend is completed with Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate vineyard in Oak Knoll District in Napa Valley.
The bouquet of this wine has graceful aromas of cherries, plums and dried bay leaf. The palate has pretty flavors of dark ripe wild berries followed by soft secondary tones of mocha leading into a long and polished finish. This wine is extremely well balanced between fruit and acidity, making it a very food friendly wine. This is the perfect wine to bring as a housewarming gift or to a dinner party.
86.25% Merlot: Materra Vineyard, Oak Knoll
13.75% Cabernet Sauvignon: Estate Vineyards, Oak Knoll
All of the wine was aged in 40% new French oak, 10% new American oak (both medium plus and heavy toast), and 50% neutral barrels for 22 months.
2021 Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points