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Silver Oak Cellars Twomey Pinot Noir 2008

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The color of this wine is striking: a deep rose hue with vibrant sapphire tinges. On the nose, fresh ripe strawberries meld with a subtle pie crust note with dried rose petals, lavender and cinnamon adding complexity. The palate delivers fresh strawberry fruit with a fine cranberry acid structure interlaced with extremely fine grained tannins leading to a long seamless finish.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Silver Oak Cellars Twomey Pinot Noir

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,954
4.50 5
12/09/2010

Subdued on the nose, with a soft blackberry note topped by a light, dried citrus zest tone and gentle, smoky oak notes. Rather tense on entry and with fairly assertive acids, though the fruit fairly quickly conceals most of the acidity. The tannins are small and fairly finely textured but not so polished as to render this with textural contrast. The mouthfeel is honest and fresh, and the mid-palate shows nice cherry fruit with a hint of red plum, before turning slightly spicy with herbal top notes and a creamy, oak-inflected element that drives the subtle yet long finish. This is a somewhat understated wine, but for those who favor subtlety over power and enjoy an elegant Pinot this is a solid choice. 93pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,954
4.00 5
11/19/2012

Intense and a bit meaty on the nose with a fruity and slightly jammy blend of vanilla, strawberry cream and black cherry cola aromas, wrapped with notes of alderwood and candied violets. Zesty with bright acidity and a really well integrated, smooth texture in the mouth. This is light- to medium-bodied because of the brightness of the acidity, even though the fruit is explosively rich and perhaps a touch sticky on the palate. Red plums and candied cherry come together on the palate along with hints of vanilla and cranberry/rhubarb compote. This finishes with just as much energy and brightness as it displays on the palate and just enough tannin to keep it grounded and focused through the finish. This is damn fun to drink and delicious. 93pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,954
4.00 5
05/07/2010

This is a decidedly assertive wine on the nose with graham cracker and cocoa notes accenting the meaty, black cherry fruit that shows hints of black tea, cola, coriander seed and vanilla. With it’s big, rich entry this is a bit deceptive at first but quickly rallies to show great acidic spice and fine freshness. The fruit has a lovely stemmy edge to it in the mouth and is fresher than the nose suggests. The tannins are really soft, giving the wine some breadth while not detracting from the core of wild cherry fruit that flows across the palate. There is a bit of wood tannin that pops on the finish, and while this comes of as a bit simple it shows great purity to the fruit and finishes with solid length. 90pts


Member Reviews for Silver Oak Cellars Twomey Pinot Noir

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Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
4.00 5
10/05/2010

Coffee, cherry and anise on the nose. Very rich, sweet fruit flavors. Very nice.


Snooth User: Carly Wray
196958852
3.50 5
05/09/2010

Tons of big red fruit on the nose, juicy cherry candy (of the Jolly Rancher variety) on the palate. Good acidity, light-bodied.


4.00 5
05/07/2010

Violets and cherries and powdered sugar nose. Lively and acidic cranberry flavors, loads of fresh spice. Has a lot of character, and even a bit of effervescence.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
2.00 5
05/07/2010

Rich spicy nose with red raspberries, the mouth is similar but more vegetative, and a bit rubbery. The mouth is really interesting but I don't like it much.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
3.00 5
05/07/2010

Funky animal nose. Acidic bright cherries. Leather and tar - slightly complex finish.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.00 5
05/08/2010

Peaches and plums on the nose, with a sweet fruity blueberry flavor in the mouth. Medium bodied. Crisp finish with some blueberry and bramble notes.


Snooth User: nvansicklen
211788549
4.00 5
05/07/2010

Floral scent with dark fruit flavors, low tannin, cherry and peach


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External Reviews for Silver Oak Cellars Twomey Pinot Noir

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11/10/2010

A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2008 Twomey Pinot Noir 750ml


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04/12/2011

2008 Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir was sourced from Bien Nacido Vineyard. This is a sustainably farmed vineyard, which may explain, at least partly, why this wine is so richly textured and so comple



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The color of this wine is striking: a deep rose hue with vibrant sapphire tinges. On the nose, fresh ripe strawberries meld with a subtle pie crust note with dried rose petals, lavender and cinnamon adding complexity. The palate delivers fresh strawberry fruit with a fine cranberry acid structure interlaced with extremely fine grained tannins leading to a long seamless finish.

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