Kitchak Cellars

Silverado Bench Symphony
2010 Merlot
Napa Valley

2012 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 16 | Lot No. 3
Vintage: 2010

Kitchak Cellars

Silverado Bench Symphony

Napa Valley

5 cases produced


“Yea, though I walk through the Valley of Napa, I fear no Cabernet, for I am the densest, darkest, most supple Merlot in the valley.” We use Merlot to make a Bordeaux-style blend, but have never made a Merlot—until now. The grapes for this lot come from the three-acre M Block of our vineyard on the Silverado Bench. The vines are more than 20 years old and we treat each as a separate entity. Grapes are individually sorted, then cold soaked. Following fermentation the wine underwent extended maceration and aging in French oak, resulting in a wine that will be approachable on release, but will improve for 15 years. We made this wine for Premiere because we are convinced that we, and others in Napa Valley, can make Merlots that rival the Right Bank’s best.

Aging Process

Aged in 100% New French Oak for 20-24 months

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.73
  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Peter Kitchak

Winemaker, Kitchak Cellars, Inc.

Winemaker, Peter Kitchak

Started in 2005,with tremendous help from our consultant, Kian Tavakoli, former director of winemaking at Crushpad. Initially made wine at Crushpad and obtained our own winery permit in 2010. Now making approximately 1,200 cases of ultra-premium wines per year. In 2006, we purchased a Napa Valley vineyard. We constructed our winery and produced the first estate-grown and bottled wine at the winery in 2010.

Country born: United States

Education: U.C. Davis Extension Winemaking and Viticulture Certificate

Years in the wine industry: 7 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Napa Valley grapes are the best in the world and it is our job as winemakers to let the wines reflect our extraordinary terroir and take all of the steps necessary to insure that the wines we produce are indeed the best in the world.

San Francisco 49ers / Levy

4949 Marie P. DeBartolo Way
Santa Clara  CA  95054-1229


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