The Silenus Merlot is a blend of wines from vineyards 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. It has a perfect convergence of growing conditions, the mildest climate in the Napa Valley, alluvial 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 Jaeger Vineyard Petit Verdot, located only about 500 yards North of Materra and Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate vineyard.
Our Oak Knoll District Merlot is a deep garnet color with bright aromas of cranberry, Bing cherry, and hints of blueberry. The wine is vivid and expressive while remaining nicely balanced showcasing flavors of red plum, cranberry, black cherries and a hint of cocoa and pink peppercorn. The finish is full and long with reverberating flavors of black cherry and toasted vanilla. This is an enjoyable wine to drink on its own and is also extremely food friendly served alongside chicken marsala or even with a T-bone steak.
87% Merlot: Materra Vineyard, Oak Knoll District
8% Petit Verdot: Jaeger Vineyard, Oak Knoll District
5% Cabernet Sauvignon: Silenus Vineyards, Oak Knoll District
All of the wine was aged in 45% new French oak, 5% new American oak and 50% neutral barrels for 22 months.
Bottling date: July 12, 2022
Bottle size: 750 mL
Titratable Acidity: 6.22 g/L pH: 3.68
James Suckling – 92 Points