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Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Premier 5 2012

External Review by WineExpress.com:

Magnum, 1.5 Liter 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 2012 vintage was outstanding in the Napa Valley. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot 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 21 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 2012 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. California Wine Advisors scored this 96 points saying "This new vintage of Silver Oak’s flagship "Napa" bottling is a serious intense and full bodied new release. A bouquet of inviting black currant, boysenberries and espresso introduce a balanced palate offering notes of cassis, dark berries, plus hints of smoky oak and tobacco on the finish. Enjoy tonight (recommend decanting) or feel free to cellar for 5 – 7 years."

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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 Premier 5

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
11/30/2017

Magnum, 1.5 Liter 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 2012 vintage was outstanding in the Napa Valley. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot 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 21 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 2012 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. California Wine Advisors scored this 96 points saying "This new vintage of Silver Oak’s flagship "Napa" bottling is a serious intense and full bodied new release. A bouquet of inviting black currant, boysenberries and espresso introduce a balanced palate offering notes of cassis, dark berries, plus hints of smoky oak and tobacco on the finish. Enjoy tonight (recommend decanting) or feel free to cellar for 5 – 7 years."



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