2018 Abel Cabernet

Napa Valley’s wine history is deeply rooted in the California Gold Rush (1848–1855) and the prosperity-seeking pioneers who settled around San Francisco. One such pioneer was California gold miner, saloonkeeper and grape-grower, Abel McFarland. In 1872, McFarland purchased land north of Napa along the Silverado trail and planted vineyards.

During prohibition, the property exchanged hands several times until 1968 when it was sold to Harry See (of See’s Candy fame) who named it Silverado Vineyard and planted Cabernet. The vineyard is situated in the area now known as Stags Leap District, legendary for its Cabernet.

Ten years later, Silverado purchased the site and extraordinary vineyard – which is where we source the grapes for our SOLO Cabernet. Each year we select distinctive blocks of a special field selection from this same vineyard and create a one-of-a-kind, single-vineyard Cabernet in Abel’s honor.

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2018 Abel Cabernet
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Pronounced aromas of sour cherry and pomegranate and fresh red cherry flavors coat the palate with a richness unique to Stags Leap District fruit. Accents of red plum, juicy pomegranate, and rose petals meld with sweet oak notes of clove and cocoa. Herbal nuances enhance the freshness. Medium-full bodied with lively energy and smooth tannins.
Food Pairing Notes
Recommended Cheese Pairing: Grana Padano. Recommended Food Recipe: Parmesan Portobello Fries or Duck Confit with Lentils - recipe on silveradovineyards.com/recipes
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard Designation
Silverado Vineyard
Harvest Date
October 17 & 22, 2018
5.85 g/L
3.50 pH
18 months barrel age in 46% new oak
Bottling Date
August 2020
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