Weston Eidson's Silver Ghost is an approachable Napa Valley Red Blend that is built for aging but doesn’t require it. The fruit comes exclusively from highly regarded sites.
About the Winery
Especially when it comes to Napa Reds, it’s hard to find wines that offer both pedigree and value. Winemaker Weston Eidson has accomplished that rare feat with his Silver Ghost Red Blend a wine that demonstrates inside and out his devotion to quality, great taste, and entrepreneurial talent. Perhaps it runs in the family: with the name “Silver Ghost”, Weston pays tribute to his great grandfather, British Lord John Montagu, who helped to launch the 1909 Silver Ghost Rolls Royce. Weston’s twist on this family history? While not everyone can drive a Rolls, Weston's Silver Ghost Red Blend is accessibly priced.
Weston grew up around fine wine; his family valued its presence in get-togethers and celebrations. While in the UK attending graduate school in International Political Economy, he traveled the globe visiting as many wine regions as he could from Chile and South Africa to Bordeaux and the Veneto. A pivotal moment came during his visit to the famous Trimbach Estate in Alsace with Jean Trimbach himself. While walking its vineyards near the ancient village of Ribeauvillé, Eidson was struck by how wine lies at the intersection of tradition and innovation as well as imagination and restraint. That moment proved indelible.
Weston's travels soon took him to Napa and as they say, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. During his trip, he met Jason Moore of Modus Operandi and was invited to work the 2012 harvest under Jason’s guidance. Weston proved a natural, quickly becoming adept at identifying ideal ripeness at harvest, tasting nuances in a wine's progression of fermentation levels, and distinguishing the implications of different aging regimens. He also gained conviction about making wine with minimal intervention: allow the fruit to make beautiful wine, naturally reflecting distinctive terroir. Weston soon developed relationships with veterans of Napa and Sonoma, including the Bacigalupi's and Steve Matthiasson.
With access to some of Napa's most esteemed talent and the best vineyards, he embarked on his vision to produce Silver Ghost. With quality and balance as his goal, Weston sources fruit for Silver Ghost from some of the finest vineyards in Napa, combining lush valley floor fruit with high elevation grapes that lend structure to the wine.
Blend: 61% Malbec 21% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Zinfandel 5% Petite Syrah 3% Petit Verdot
Aging: 34 Months in French Oak
Tasting Notes: Covering the full flavor spectrum, this exquisite wine is the perfect combination of lush fruit, floral notes, and spice. Flavors of blueberry, blackberry, toast, and smoked herbs bring a compelling complexity to the forefront, followed by a magnificent, full-bodied finish. A showcase of the best that Napa Valley has to offer, this red blend is deep and rich in both appearance and taste.
Made from a majority of Malbec with smaller additions of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Petit Verdot, this is an attractively priced wine with soft red fruit and spice at its core. Generously layered, rich, and well made, it offers a lasting flourish of toasted oak and tobacco. ~90 Wine Enthusiast
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