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Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011

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Silver Oak's 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant representation of Napa Valley Cabernet from a cool vintage. It presents an opaque garnet hue in the glass and reveals aromas of sandalwood and roasted meats. Flavors of vanilla, coffee beans and raspberries are buttressed by dusty tannins, firm acidity and a mouth-coating texture. Given proper cellaring, this wine should provide drinking pleasure through 2029. Not yet reviewed; 2010 vintage rated 92 points by Wine Spectator.

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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 Napa Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
02/02/2016

TASTING NOTES: Our 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant representation of Napa Valley Cabernet from a cool vintage. It presents an opaque garnet hue in the glass and reveals aromas of sandalwood and roasted meats. Flavors of vanilla, coffee beans and raspberries are buttressed by dusty tannins, firm acidity and a mouth-coating texture. Given proper cellaring, this wine should provide drinking pleasure through 2029. BLENDING AND AGING: Our 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is comprised of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 0.5% Malbec. It was blended in early 2012 and aged for 24 months in 80% new and 20% once-used American oak barrels. Early blending assures a balanced core and allows the components to achieve a seamless harmony during barrel aging. It was then aged for an additional 20 months in bottle before being released in February of 2016. VINTAGE DESCRIPTION: The 2011 vintage was the second in a pair of late ripening vintages for the Napa Valley. The application of precision farming methods and the use of berry sensory techniques in addition to traditional maturity analyses were critical to our success in a challenging season. Winter and spring were wet and atypically cold, with such conditions persisting through bloom, resulting in lower than normal yields. These conditions persisted through the summer with an especially thick and stubborn marine layer that resided over the valley floor. We were relieved when an Indian Summer arrived in September and resulted in a brief heatwave from the 6th - 7th and a sustained one from the 18th - 23rd. These heat events triggered maturity in several vineyards and harvest began on September 27th. Precipitation occurred from October 3rd through October 6th, creating a pause in harvest. Crush resumed on October 10th and proceeded at a steady rate until the final grapes were harvested on November 1st, fifteen days later than a typical vintage. It was a vintage in which patience, experience and careful attentiveness played key roles. Composition: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon 14.5% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc 4% Petit Verdot 0.5% Malbec Alcohol: 13.8%


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
02/05/2016

Silver Oak is the standard bearer for Napa Valley Cab and has been for decades. For this, their Napa Valley bottling they source grapes from throughout the Valley. The 2011 vintage was the second in a pair of late ripening vintages for the Napa Valley. The application of precision farming methods and the use of berry sensory techniques in addition to traditional maturity analyses were critical to success of this Silver Oak Napa Cabernet in a challenging season. A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Malbec, Silver Oak takes two unique steps in their wine making process that make this wine different and exceptional every vintage. First, they blend the different vineyard lots before the wine goes into barrels for aging. This lets the fruit expression stand out with the natural elements coming into balance before the influence of oak. Then the wine is transferred to 100% new American oak barrels for 24 months of aging. The second unique step they take is after bottling they age the wine in bottle for a full 20 months allowing the flavors to fully integrate and the tannins to soften so upon release it's already nicely developed and you can clearly see the path it will take to maturity. This 2011 shows immense complexity and bold flavors. Vanilla, coffee beans and blackberries are buttressed by dusty tannins, firm acidity and a mouth-coating texture. Given proper cellaring, this wine should provide drinking pleasure for many years to come.



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Silver Oak's 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant representation of Napa Valley Cabernet from a cool vintage. It presents an opaque garnet hue in the glass and reveals aromas of sandalwood and roasted meats. Flavors of vanilla, coffee beans and raspberries are buttressed by dusty tannins, firm acidity and a mouth-coating texture. Given proper cellaring, this wine should provide drinking pleasure through 2029. Not yet reviewed; 2010 vintage rated 92 points by Wine Spectator.

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