2015 SILENUS “TYROS” NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
A truly great bottle of Napa Cabernet doesn’t have to be reserved for the one percent. It just takes a significant amount of exploring to find the exceptions to the norm. According to the 2017 California Grape Crush report, the average price for a ton of Napa Cabernet in 2017 was just over $7,500, which equates to about a $75 bottle… When a winery owns and farms their land they have a serious advantage when it comes to the cost of their key ingredient… Silenus started out as a walnut orchard and was converted to Cabernet Vineyards in 1968, and the family sold fruit for years to Robert Mondavi and Inglenook where it often went into their reserve wines. In the 1980’s they became the 35th winery established post-prohibition and at $32, their 2015 Tyros Napa Cabernet is truly great and competes with a lot of other Cabs in the $50 plus range.
The Silenus Vineyard is located in Napa Valley’s prized Oak Knoll district, shadowing the Mayacamas Mountain range, and perfect for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. With a micro-climate cooler than the neighboring Yountville AVA, the vineyard is perfectly suited to ripen Cabernet grapes. This wine is textbook Oak Knoll district Cabernet with a round mouthfeel, a graceful palate presence and long, lingering flavors. It’s ridiculously good at this price…