Some of the greatest, most collectible wines in the world are blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, so when winemaker Gary Seidler decided to craft one of his own, the pressure was on. The bar, even before he set out to produce this, was high.
He had nothing to worry about. We love it so much, in fact, that we’ve given his expression of the classic blend the name Vintner’s Reserve.
Crafted from fruit grown in the prestigious Horse Heaven Hills AVA, the structure, currants, and minerality of 60% Cabernet lends a real sense of spine and length to the plummier, plusher aspects of the 40% Merlot. Their interaction, especially in a great vintage like 2017, is magnificent.
This classic Bordeaux-style blend proves that the top vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA are easily the equal of the best in France. Generous aromas of currants and cedar find bass-note heft in a hint of cafe mocha, and precede a silk-textured palate that rolls across the tongue with flavors of brambly berries, currants, black raspberries, plums, dried herbs, and vanilla spice. The long, lively finish makes it perfect with food right now, and promises more than five years of aging in the cellar.
Price $28.00 / per bottle
SILVER- Best of the Northwest-Sip Northwest
Sangiovese is the most famous and beloved grape variety that most people have probably never heard of. After all, it plays the starring role in Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and countless other Italian classics, but because those wines aren’t named after their superstar grape, Sangiovese tends to fly a bit under the radar.
We’re about to change that. Because this, our first vintage of Columbia Valley Sangiovese, proves that Italy’s most important grape variety has the potential to be a standout in the Pacific Northwest, too.
It started out as a dream of our winemaker and founder Gary Seidler, a way to honor his Italian heritage…and ended up being one of the most eye-opening wines we’ve ever produced.
After searching for years for a truly world-class Sangiovese vineyard, we finally found it in the Columbia Valley, struck a deal with the grower, and finally, after fits and starts, were ready to produce our first vintage with the 2017.
How lucky we were: 2017 proved to be absolutely perfect for Sangiovese, and the wine is transcendent. Classic Sangiovese aromas of leather, cigar tobacco, flowers, cherries, and brambly berries are gently spiced and mouthwatering, and precede a palate of fantastic concentration and expressiveness. Flavors of scorched earth, cracked peppercorns, and toasted vanilla pulse beneath cherries, cherry pit, brambly berries, pipe tobacco, and toasted oak that linger through the balanced finish.
Like we said, 2017 may be our first vintage of Sangiovese at Silvara Cellars…but it certainly won’t be our our last.
Price $32.00 / per bottle
Cabernet is the king of red grapes for good reason: It has the ability to express its place of origin with stunning clarity, it can be age-worthy or enjoyed in its youth (depending on where and how it’s made), and it pairs with a mind-boggling array of foods, from beef and pork to chocolate, cheese, and beyond.
Our goal in crafting this excellent Cabernet Sauvignon was to make a wine that hit all of those notes, which to us has always seemed to be the type of Cab that eludes even the best winemakers.
In 2017, Gary hit the proverbial nail on the head.
The grapes that were harvested by our vineyard partners were impeccable—pristine berries whose balance of sweet juice and tannic skins led to a wine of razor’s-edge balance in which ripe currants and flinty minerality practically vibrate alongside one another.
Wines as age-worthy as our 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon are rarely this approachable in their youth. But that’s the beauty of this bottling: It’s a magnificent Cab whether you prefer it youthfully exuberant or fully mature. Already, sweet tannins carry notes of currants, cassis, kirsch, cedar, star anise, cinnamon, charred sage, and pipe tobacco, all of it concentrated, balanced, mineral, and long. Perfect now, this promises to be even better in a decade.
We can’t wait to follow its evolution over the coming years.
Price $32.00 / per bottle
BEST IN CLASS and Gold- NCW Wine Award
SILVER- Washington Wine Awards (previously recognized as Seattle Wine Awards)
World-class Malbec is so utterly delicious that it essentially made an entire country’s wine industry an international vinous rock star. As a result, Argentina is more or less synonymous with Malbec, and Malbec with Argentina.
But we’ve never believed that Argentina should have the monopoly on Malbec. (It’s also historically made in France, too.)
Winemaker Gary Seidler searched for years before discovering the Malbec magic being woven bu this grape varitial.
Smokey oak and mountain berry aromas set the stage for flavors of cherry and cherry pit, a deep seam of minerality, and cocoa powder. It’s perfect on its own—especially with a very slight chill, which brings out the bright berries—or alongside a wide range of foods, particularly grilled mushrooms, sausage, or game meat.
The only problem is that just 200 cases were produced. Then again, the best wines are often made in tiny quantities. And though there’s not a lot of this one, it more than makes up for it in the impact it has in the glass.
Price $48.00 / per bottle
Petit Verdot, the “secret ingredient” in many of Bordeaux’s top blends, is rarely seen on its own—especially in the Pacific Northwest. But its almost alchemical ability to lend blends age-worthy structure, depth of color, and richness makes it one of the most important blending grapes around.
So, we thought, why not give it a chance to shine on its own, and really see what it can do? The answer was immediately apparent: It’s spectacular.
Layered notes of dark cherries, black plums, figs, chocolate-coffee truffles, and sweet spice don’t disappoint. Like most Petit Verdot, this one boasts a structured tannic backbone, which promises several years of aging in the cellar, but a real silkiness that makes it spectacular right now.
We attribute all of this to our vineyard partners, which leverage the Columbia Valley’s range of soils and micro-climates to give our winemaker Gary Seidler a stunning palette of Petit Verdot expressions to work with. One vineyard in particular provided the spice, another the fruitiness, and a third one the length of the finish. Individually, they were each excellent. Together, they’re transcendent.
No wonder our tasting room has been buzzing about this beauty since word got out about it. Our 2016 Petit Verdot is one of those unique wines that’s fantastic already, and promises years of continued pleasure ahead.
Price $42.00 / per bottle
This is the wine that started it all! Woodland Goddess is the realization of Winemaker Gary Seidler’s vision for Silvara Callars, and exactly the kind of red that he envisioned when starting more than a decade ago.
After a successful career creating, running, and selling half a dozen business, and retiring before the age of 50, Gary earned his degree at UC Davis—essentially, it’s the Harvard of the wine world—and decided to head north, to what eventually became our little slice of Washington State heaven.
His goal was to make a red wine that could compete with the best of France, Italy, Spain, California, Australia, and beyond, but that would also express the majesty and honesty of the Pacific Northwest.
The result is the Woodland Goddess red blend, a wine that, vintage after vintage, is among our most popular. In 2018, Gary blended 34% Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, and even a dash of Cab Franc, which adds a barely perceptible but crucial floral lift to the finish.
Sip after sip, this is a ripe, generous Cab-based blend from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA that bursts with exuberant aromas of purple fruit, plums, black raspberries, cedar, and sweet spice—clove, allspice, cinnamon—and a plush, velvety palate with flavors of ripe mountain berries, blackberry coulis, figs, black licorice, vanilla, and cardamom. Power and elegance rarely co-exist so seamlessly.
Price $38.00 / per bottle
Sourced: Yakima Valley
The 2018 Carménère shows just how remarkable the grape can be here in Washington. We’ve sourced our fruit entirely from the renowned canyon Vineyard Ranch in the Yakima Valley AVA, adding just a dollop of Petit Verdot and aging it for 22 months in about one-third new American oak barrels. this is the height of elegance, with apples, plums, and floral notes intertwined with herbal and meaty notes. Yet because of the impeccable subtlety of the tannins, this is a red that’s just at home alongside seafood as it is rich with beef and game dishes. In other words, it’s perfect for the springtime.
Price $42.00/ per bottle
Price $65.00 / per bottle
Sourced: Navavane Vineyard, Rocks Districk, Milton-Freewater, Walla Walla Valley
Thee aromatics are so complex and interesting that you may forget to taste the wine. The palate defines elegance and finesse, with refined tannins, crisp acidity, and well delineated notes of black plum, framboise, truffle, forest floor, and black olive. The very long finish resolves with savory, umami notes of truffle, white pepper, and stony minerality.