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A Fruitful New World

June Lee - The Business Times - Singapore
The only rule about dining and wining in Singapore is that there are no rules: drink widely and keep an open mind as to which tipple suits different occasion. The New World’s modern, well-crafted selection only goes to show that every wine has its place in the conversation.

Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

CALIFORNIA isn’t just famous for its wines – and Silverado Vineyards bears testimony to a famous entertainment empire as well as award-winning wines. It was established by Diane Disney Miller, her mother Lilian Disney, and husband Ron Miller. Ron also worked for The Walt Disney Companies, until he left his post as CEO in 1984.

The Millers bought their first parcels of vines in the 1970s and sold the grapes, but soon realized the potential of the Stag’s Leap district. In 1981, they completed a Californian Mission-style stone winery and began producing their own wines. Silverado was so named for the abandoned mining town at the top of Napa Valley, perhaps as a way of continuing the dream of past prospectors.

The Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the Millers’ version of a “classic” Napa Cabernet, one that displays finesse of blackberries and currants with a minty, cool quality. To do that, they balance the velvety textured cherries of grapes from their Stag’s Leap Vineyard, with the big-bodied black berry fruit of their Mt George Vineyard. You might call them consistent; in over 40 years, they’ve only had two lead winemakers. Of their six historic vineyards, all are farmed organically, with 50 per cent preserved in the Land Trust for open space and agriculture use. It’s all part of dealing with a famous birthright, and ensuring continuity across the generations.

Tasting notes: Heady aromas of sweet oak, plum and spice evoke the spirit of this complex cabernet. Fine, bony tannins are tightly knit with dense red fruit for an elegant, long finish.