Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Silver Oak Cabernet - Life is a Cabernet

Silver Oak is the epitome of what Cabernet Sauvignon can be.   And Silver Oak delivers two Cabernets, one from Alexander Valley in Sonoma County and the other from Napa Valley.  When Raymond Duncan first visited Napa Valley in the late 1960s he was enthralled by the native beauty of the region and with the potential of the young wine industry.  He began to purchase land in Alexander Valley and Napa Valley and hired renowned winemaker Justin Meyer to plant and manage the vineyards.  Justin agreed, providing that he can also create a winery that will raise the standard of Cabernet in the region.

This vision has carried on over the decades for Silver Oak Winery.  From the first vintage of Alexander Valley Cab to the expansion of the winery in Napa Valley, Silver Oak has focused on this vision of the potential of Cabernet Sauvignon in the region.  The developed two wineries to achieve this vision , in 1981 they developed the Napa Valley Estate on the site of the old dairy farm in Oakville and in 1992 they purchased the beautiful Tudor-style estate in Geyserville that is home to the Alexander Valley Cabernet.

Over time additional vineyards were acquired, but the focus on the two separate wineries continued.  As time passed, both the winemaker and the management changed, now with David Duncan serving as the winery president and Daniel Baron as winemaker, but the vision remains the same to produce the high quality cabs that are capable in the region.  It is a symbol of the tradition of excellence and continuous improvement that was established by the founders many years ago.

The 2007 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a great fruit driven wine.  Starting with the bright ruby color, you will lead on to the aromatic black plum, blackberry and spice aromas.  Tasting the wine, you will enjoy the same rich, full dark fruit flavors with a full body and roundness to the wine, reminiscent of a cherry cobbler.  The finish continues on forever, ramping up from a simple fruit forward quality to a complex rich high-end wine with a complexity of flavors. 

The 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is produced with 81% Cabernet Sauvignon plus 11% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petite Verdot.  These added varietals certainly add to the complexity of the wine that develops in the glass.  This is a wine that you feel as much as you taste.  The variety of dark fruit flavors and interesting spices build up in your mouth and continue on to a long finish.  The wine is so balanced that you might have a hard time determining the specific dark fruits that include plum, raspberry, blackberry and cherry. But you will certainly know that you have experienced a wonderful wine tasting experience.  This wine will continue to grow and perform for at least 15 years.

This is the wine to impress your friends around that special meal.  You will savor the flavors that are brought out when paired with a great meal.

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