Enjoy this Cellar Tours “Wine Spotlight” on one of our fave Californian estates: Silver Oak- their Alexander Valley Cab Sauv is the ULTIMATE delicious wine to enjoy with your family at the table this Thanksgiving.
There are very few wineries in the Napa Valley that are as loved by locals as much as Silver Oak Cellars, and with good reason! In a seemingly effortless way, Silver Oak’s winemaker Daniel Baron produces two delicious, well-structured and food friendly Cabernet’s that age for decades and yet, can be enjoyed from a young age. Vintage after vintage surpasses expectations – for opulence, consistency and value, Silver Oak’s wines are hard to beat.
Silver Oak´s allure, however, runs far deeper than its delicious wines; its history is pretty inspiring too. The estate was established as a partnership between Ray Duncan, an oil and gas tycoon and the late Justin Meyer, a former monk and Spanish teacher no less! Justin met Ray Duncan in 1972, who had rather bravely brought 600 acres of land in the Napa and Alexander Valley appellations. Justin had been working as the winemaker at the Christian Brothers property and Ray knew he wanted to produce wine, but needed a helping hand to get his project started. A handshake between the two men sealed the deal; Justin would plant and manage the vineyards in return for Ray’s blessing in constructing a formidable winery – so Silver Oak was born.
These two men have invested their life and soul into the project, driven by a dedication to produce two powerful, yet supple Cabernet Sauvignons that would rival the best wines in the Valley. To that end, they planted extensively in the Napa and Alexander Valleys and finished construction of their Oakville winery in 1981 and in 1992 they purchased a Tudor-style estate in Geyserville that would become to site of their Alexander Valley winery. As the wines increasingly won critical and consumer acclaim, Justin and Ray forged relationships with only the best growers in the region, the quality of fruit is paramount at Silver Oak!
Sadly, Justin Meyer died in 2002; Daniel Baron had taken over those reins some years before and continues to produce wines of substance and quality. The estate has remained in family control and its single minded vision is admirable, to craft Cult Cabernet wines that are accessible to all. This is not Screaming Eagle territory (small quantities – sky high prices) although the style is classic Californian: the wines are rich, ripe and hedonistic but offer a lovely, rounded texture and supple tannins. Outstanding wines from an outstanding property.
Silver Oak, already a legend in the Napa Valley.
Wines (Recent Vintages, the composition of the Napa Valley wines may vary each vintage)
2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc. Produced from premium vineyards across different locations in the Napa Valley appellation. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, the different wines were blended in 2008 and aged in 100% new American oak barrels for 25 months. The wine is then aged 20 months in bottle before release. A cult wine, with great ageing potential but accessible on release.
2007 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Produced from premium vineyards in the Alexander Valley AVA. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, the different wines were blended in 2008 and aged in 50% new and 50% once used American oak barrels for 25 months. The wine is then aged 15 months in bottle before release.
Winery Contact Details:
Silver Oak – Oakville, California
915 Oakville Crossroad
Oakville, California, 94562, USA
Tel: + 1 (00) 709 944 8808
Fax:+ 1 (00) 707 944 2817
Napa Valley AVA/Alexander Valley AVA
Owners: Duncan family
Winemaker: Daniel Baron
Area under Vine: Napa Valley, 52 hectares, Alexander Valley, 55 hectares.
Oak: American oak barrels.
Age of Vines: Napa Valley: 12-14 years, Alexander Valley, 15-20 years.
Grape Varietals: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Petit Syrah,
Production: 100,000 cases per annum