growers in the Napa Valley have always prospected, in the words of Robert Louis
Stevenson, for "those pockets of earth that yield inimitable fragrance and soft
fire." Over a century ago, Stevenson produced a small volume, The Silverado Squatters,
which chronicled his brief sojourn in a cabin near a played-out silver mine on
the hot southern slope of Mount St. Helena. In his chapter "Napa Wine," Steveson
described the labors of a handful of pioneers who were attempting to make great
wine in the new land. A century later, the Walt Disney family -- Lillian Disney,
Diane Disney Miller, and Ron Miller-- put Stevenson's prophetic words into action
and established Silverado Vineyards. Silverado -- the mane of the abandoned silver
mine-- today symbolizes the Walt Disney family's commitment to the future of Napa
wine. They are still "prospecting," seeking viticultural paydirt.
Silverado farms 300 acres in Napa Valley-- in Stag's Leap District, source of
the valley's best red wine; Yountville, noted for its spicy Sauvignon Blanc; Carnerous,
which provides exquisitely scented Chardonnay; and on the slope of Mt. George,
where the red grapes like Merlot thrive in cobbly volcanic soils. Our specialized
cultivation always extracts the highest quality from earth and vine.
Built to showcase California wines from California vineyards, the winery was crafted
of native stone and redwood on a rocky hilltop above the Silverado Trail, the
old Wappo Indian route along the east side of the valley. Inside, the finest up-to-date
equipment shares quarters with barrels of French oak, symbolizing Silverado's
marriage of tradition and technology.
Silverado's delicious Chardonnays, herbal scented Sauvignon Blancs, stylish and
generous Merlots, and classic, supple Cabernets never fail to rank at the top,
regardless of vintage. In fact, Silverado was ranked number one in California
by the Los Angeles Times and has been called "one of California's best
wineries" by The Wine Spectator. As a result, every Silverado wine can
be counted on, year after year. Not content to rest on its well-earned reputation,
Silverado inaugurated its Limited Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay bottlings
a decade after its founding. These are, simply, the best wines from the best years.
Limited Reserve is produced only in outstanding vintages when superior wines express
both distinctive character and the utmost winemaking skill.
"A bottle of wine, like a good act, shines ever in the retrospect... The smack
of Californian earth shall linger on the palate of your grandson." -- Robert Louis