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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 Jaeger Oak Knoll District 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 Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate vineyard.

Tasting Notes:

Our Oak Knoll District Merlot is a vivid garnet color with bright aromas of cranberry, pomegranate, and hints of raspberry. The wine is bright and floral while remaining nicely balanced showcasing flavors of red plum, cranberry, black cherries and a hint of blackberry. The finish is bright and long with lingering flavors of black cherry and toasted vanilla. This is an enjoyable wine to drink on its own and is also extremely food friendly.


79% Merlot: Jaeger Vineyard, Oak Knoll District
21% Cabernet Sauvignon: Silenus Vineyards, Oak Knoll District


All of the wine was aged in 45% new French oak and 55% neutral barrels for 22 months.

Harvest date:

  • Merlot: September 13, 2021
  • Cabernet Sauvignon: October 2, 2021

    Bottling date: July 13, 2023

    Bottle size: 750 mL

    Titratable Acidity: 6.42 g/L

    pH: 3.54
    Alcohol: 14.5%


James Suckling-92 Points