2016 Silver Ghost
Vintage : 2016
Region : Napa Valley, USA
Varietal : Cabernet Sauvignon
Rutherford: Valley floor, gravel alluvial soils
Calistoga: Hillside 350’ elevation, volcanic and rocky loam
Yountville: Valley floor, gravelly silt loam, stony soil
Aging: 22 months in French oak barrels
Winemaker Weston Eidson has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and a devotion to quality. His great-grandfather, John Montagu, was an automobile pioneer at the turn of the last century. Being a British Lord and a Member of Parliament, he was instrumental in much early automotive legislation and was friends with Charles Rolls and Henry Royce. His assistant served as the model for the Rolls-Royce hood ornament, the Spirit of Ecstasy, which we still see on Rolls-Royce cars to this day. Silver Ghost gets its name from John Montagu’s favorite car, the 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. Weston’s Silver Ghost Napa Cabernet is a result of passion, hard work and an appreciation for fine wine. Family gettogethers and celebrations were never complete without it. While attending graduate school in the UK, he traveled around the world visiting as many wine regions as he could, from Chile and South Africa to Bordeaux, Alsace and the Veneto. Weston’s travels eventually took him to Napa Valley where he met Jason Moore of Modus Operandi Cellars. Under Moore’s guidance, Weston worked the 2012 harvest and quickly garnered invaluable winemaking skills. Weston has since learned from mentor Russell Bevan and developed a conviction for making rich wine with minimal intervention – allowing the fruit to express its full potential while crafting wine that naturally reflects its distinct terroir.
Silver Ghost is a complex Cabernet Sauvignon made from some of the finest vineyards in Napa Valley. The perfect combination of lush valley-floor fruit with the structure of highelevation grapes gives balance to the wine. One-third is sourced from an historic east Rutherford vineyard. The other two-thirds are from a hillside site in Calistoga and a celebrated west Yountville vineyard. The presence of clone 7 gives the wine a classic and elegant character, while clone 337 lends a lush texture with luxurious fruit and fine-grained tannins. The wine is then aged 22 months in French Oak. Luxury balanced with accessibility – this is the beauty of the Silver Ghost Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Silver Ghost is a rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon crafted from some of the finest vineyards in the Napa Valley. The wine is deep in color with aromas of black cherry, blueberry and cassis leaping from the glass. On the palate Silver Ghost reveals layers of red and black fruit intermingled with mocha, toast and savory spice. A sumptuous texture rounds out the long finish.
|By Antonio Galloni|
2017 & 2018 Napa Valley In Depth (Jan 2020), 1/1/2020, Blackberry, blueberry, bay leaf, red cherry, smoke, graphite, ink, new leather, and earth on the nose. Tart cherry, blackberry, earth, red cherry, plum, tobacco, and herbs on the palate. Lots of tart, juicy acidity, medium-firm chewy tannins, medium+ finish with a pleasant aftertaste. The tannins seem stronger on day 2. Overall, a very nice wine with fresh acidity and a lot of focus. It will improve in a year or two when the tannins settle down. 89 Points