I have decided to challenge myself, this summer, to visit all the wineries along the Silverado trail. I know i know. It is an ambitious under taking, that will be limited by hours of operation and state DUI laws. But I am up for the challenge. I have no plan or order in mind. My wine glass will be my guide. I will keep it Short and sweet and try to help you decide if the winery is worth a visit or not. The first three on this adventure, I believe, are all worth a visit. Black Stallion and Darioush have beautiful tasting rooms. Darioush is modeled after an ancient Persian palace and all the stones were imported from Iran. First stop, Black Stallion.
Black Stallion. I did the all red tasting. We started with the 2013 los carneros Pinot Noir. $35.
Black fruit and spice. Aromas of black cherry.
2012 Napa Valley Merlot. Dark fruit and oak on the nose. Silky black cherry on the tongue lite tannins. $40.
2012 Napa Valley Syrah. Aromas of spice and blackberry. Medium body wine with flavors of berry fruits and hints of vanillla. Nicely balanced. $40
2011 napa valley Cabernet sauvignon. Bold black fruit on the front incooperated into a medium bodied wine. A little dry for my tastes but still enjoyable. $75. Next stop Darioush.
Darioush. Darioush makes 20k cases a year.
The 2013 Signature Sauvignon Blanc. Tropical fruit flavor. Not overly sweet smooth finish. $45.
2013 Signature Chardonnay. Nice balance of fruit and oak. $45.
2012 Signature Cabernet Franc. Blueberry, black fruit flavors lite tannis. $62.
2012 Signature Shiraz. Full body white pepper and dark fruit. $74.
2012 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark fruit aromas of what is to come. Well balanced full body dense black cherry with layers of dried fig, tobacco well balanced. $95.
2012 Capataz Malbec
Blueberry and dark berry fruit. Smooth on the tongue and lingers on the finish. $36. I found the wines were well done. Price point a little high. Malbec was the best value followed by sauvignon blanc.
Odette. This winery is owned by Plumpjack and our Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom is a part owner.
2012 Adaptation Chardonnay. Citrus, tropical fruit lite oak. $32.
2012 Adaptation Cabernet. 78% cab 22% merlot. Hints of dark fruit, vanilla, coco. $46
2011 Cade Napa Valley Cab.88% cab, 5% petite verdot, 4% Malbec, 3% Merlot. Rich. Cherry spice. $60
2012 Plumpjack Estate Cabernet
97% cab, 3% petite verdot. Very nice. Complex, well balanced. Dark fruits, vanillan silky smooth on the tongue. $104.
2012 Odette Estate Cabernet. 75% cab, 14% merlot, 11% cab franc. Black cherry, raspberries on the front. Black currant and spice on the finish. $98. I lean more towards Rhone varietals and blends but I could not resist the 2012 Plumpjack Estate Cab. It went home with me. It was a fun start to my 2015 Silverado Challenge.