Dark red color. Aromas of tobacco, dried herbs, brandied fruit compote and savory spices. Medium to full bodied, a soft and broad mid-palate with integrated flavors of ripe red fruits and sweet oak. Silky, mouth coating finish.
Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
Silverado Vineyards has made excellent Cabernet Sauvignon since 1981, but only 12 vintages have merited the rare Limited label. Limited Cabernet Sauvignon is produced only in optimal years, when small lots of wine are blended to express the essence of classic, age worthy Napa Valley Cabernet. 2005 was that kind of year.
Mt. George Vineyard (62%)
Located east of Napa, Mt. George Vineyard is the site of one of the first grape plantings in the valley in the 19th century. The deep, gravelly soils are derived from volcanic rock and ash, providing depth and structure to Silverado's wines.
Stags Leap Vineyard (38%)
This sloping, gravelly soils and sunny exposure of this vineyard helped establish the reputation of Stags Leap District for fine Cabernet.
"Broodingly backward, but enormously promising is the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Limited Reserve, a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest equal parts Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Dense purple to the rim, with restrained, but promising aromas of lavender, roasted herbs, blueberries, and black currants, this wine hits the palate with sensational concentration, and elevated, but sweet, well-integrated tannins. It is a full-bodied, dense, exceptionally pure, harmonious Cabernet with long-term potential. Forget it for 3-5 years, and drink it over the following 25-30 years. Rated 94+."
The Wine Advocate
"Impresses for its depth, power and balance, a wine whose classic acid-tannin structure could only have come from a pedigreed terroir. There’s an enormous concentration of black currants and minerals, but the wine is immature in astringent tannins. Needs time, and possibly lots of it. Best 2011 and beyond."
"Inky hue with a garnet rim. Dusty, chalky scents followed by mint, plum, tobacco and leather. Tasty cherry with smoky oak accents. Very dry, compact finish with promising fruit and structure."
The Wine News