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Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2011

External Review by We Speak Wine:

TASTING NOTES: Our 2011 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a harmonious and vibrant wine. This full-bodied, classic expression of Alexander Valley Cabernet in a cool vintage has a bright ruby-red color with purple undertones. The nose exudes aromas of black cherry, cedar and black olives. On the palate, its dried herb, cocoa and lavender flavors are framed by dusty tannins and a savory texture. The wine finishes with lively acidity and a lingering persistence. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2029. BLENDING AND AGING: Our 2011 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It was blended in early 2012 and aged for 24 months in 40% new and 60% once-used American oak barrels. Early blending assures a balanced core and allows the components to achieve a seamless harmony during barrel aging. After bottling in the spring of 2014, the wine was aged an additional 18 months in bottle before being released in August of 2015. VINTAGE DESCRIPTION: The 2011 vintage was the second in a pair of late ripening vintages for the Alexander Valley, and one in which experience and attentive farming played an even more important role than usual. Winter and spring were wet and cool, with such conditions persisting through the bloom period, leading to lower than normal yields. These conditions persisted through the summer, pushing already delayed phenological markers later into the season. Our vineyard team used precision farming to determine the precise techniques necessary to maximize quality in each vineyard block. These included crop removal, deficit irrigation and lateral removal in order to increase light exposure and airflow. September offered a variation from the mild summer with a brief heatwave from the 6th - 7th and a sustained one from the 18th - 23rd. The application of berry sensory techniques in addition to traditional analyses positioned our team to take advantage of this window and we began harvest on September 26th. Precipitation in early October created a pause in the harvest period and we completed harvest on October 27th, approximately 2-3 weeks later than a typical vintage. Our innovative work in the vineyard resulted in a rewarding vintage; one in which a long maturation period and cooler growing conditions led to bright and vibrant flavors. Composition: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot 2% Cabernet Franc 1% Petit Verdot Alcohol: 13.7%

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Silver Oak Cellars:
We pride ourselves on making one varietal that is food-friendly and deliciously drinkable upon release. Our story begins in the early 1970’s when Ray Duncan befriended winegrower Justin Meyer. The two formed a partnership and co-founded Silver Oak Cellars in 1972 with the bold vision of producing only Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, under the leadership of Ray’s sons David and Tim and... Read more
We pride ourselves on making one varietal that is food-friendly and deliciously drinkable upon release. Our story begins in the early 1970’s when Ray Duncan befriended winegrower Justin Meyer. The two formed a partnership and co-founded Silver Oak Cellars in 1972 with the bold vision of producing only Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, under the leadership of Ray’s sons David and Tim and Director of Winemaking Daniel Baron, we produce two wines: our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Silver Oak’s unwavering focus on making exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon enables us to continually improve and refine our craft. Each of our two estates – one in Napa Valley and the other in Alexander Valley – is dedicated to producing a single wine. These two Cabernet Sauvignons consistently reflect the very best of their appellations. Our estate vineyards are ideally situated to provide optimal growing conditions for our Cabernet Sauvignon. We also work closely with top independent growers throughout the Napa and Alexander Valleys to ensure a reliable source of excellent fruit. We complement this fruit with grapes from top independent growers throughout both appellations, giving our winemaking team the flexibility they need to realize the full potential of each Silver Oak vintage. Tasting Room Tasting rooms at both of our estates are open Monday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm.  We are closed  some holidays. Read less

External Reviews for Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/22/2015

TASTING NOTES: Our 2011 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a harmonious and vibrant wine. This full-bodied, classic expression of Alexander Valley Cabernet in a cool vintage has a bright ruby-red color with purple undertones. The nose exudes aromas of black cherry, cedar and black olives. On the palate, its dried herb, cocoa and lavender flavors are framed by dusty tannins and a savory texture. The wine finishes with lively acidity and a lingering persistence. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2029. BLENDING AND AGING: Our 2011 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It was blended in early 2012 and aged for 24 months in 40% new and 60% once-used American oak barrels. Early blending assures a balanced core and allows the components to achieve a seamless harmony during barrel aging. After bottling in the spring of 2014, the wine was aged an additional 18 months in bottle before being released in August of 2015. VINTAGE DESCRIPTION: The 2011 vintage was the second in a pair of late ripening vintages for the Alexander Valley, and one in which experience and attentive farming played an even more important role than usual. Winter and spring were wet and cool, with such conditions persisting through the bloom period, leading to lower than normal yields. These conditions persisted through the summer, pushing already delayed phenological markers later into the season. Our vineyard team used precision farming to determine the precise techniques necessary to maximize quality in each vineyard block. These included crop removal, deficit irrigation and lateral removal in order to increase light exposure and airflow. September offered a variation from the mild summer with a brief heatwave from the 6th - 7th and a sustained one from the 18th - 23rd. The application of berry sensory techniques in addition to traditional analyses positioned our team to take advantage of this window and we began harvest on September 26th. Precipitation in early October created a pause in the harvest period and we completed harvest on October 27th, approximately 2-3 weeks later than a typical vintage. Our innovative work in the vineyard resulted in a rewarding vintage; one in which a long maturation period and cooler growing conditions led to bright and vibrant flavors. Composition: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot 2% Cabernet Franc 1% Petit Verdot Alcohol: 13.7%



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