Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Silver Oak Cellars was founded in 1972 by Raymond Duncan after visiting the Napa Valley in the late 1960s. The rugged beauty of the place and the fledgling wine industry led him to buy acres and acres of orchards, pastures and vineyards throughout the Napa and Alexander Valleys. He became partners with winemaker Justin Meyer and Silver Oak was born. The Napa Cab is typically aged in 100% new American oak for over 2 years. Like a fine European house, Silver Oak further aged this wine in bottle at the winery for 20 months to harmonize its components to make it ideal for drinking upon release. As far as food pairing, think great American steakhouse fare; or for a decadent treat, grill up hand packed Kobe beef burgers and top them with melted Truffle cheese from Italy.
Winemaker Tasting Notes: "Our 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon artfully combines the classic elegance of the old world and the ripe fruit of California. It displays an opaque garnet color with a bouquet driven by fruity aromas of blackberry liqueur. It also offers the savory components of sage and molasses. These complex aromatics are complemented by sandalwood and nutmeg characteristics indicative of American oak aging. This is a well-structured wine with a compact and rich mid-palate buttressed by silky tannins and generous acidity. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2037." - Daniel Baron
Bottle ShopOne of the best Napa offerings in years! Starts with a pure blackberry and mocha nose which lead to supple fruit flavors that are wrapped in a plump core of juicy Napa fruit with hints of vanilla bean. Dark with blackcurrant and tobacco that echo into a rich finish of tannin, generous fruit, and hints of Oak.
Wine SpectatorNotes of dill, herb and vanilla bean-scented oak lead to an elegant array of dark berry, herb, cedar, gravelly earth and underbrush flavors. The tannins cling a bit, but this is an enjoyable and approachable youngster, with a track record for aging. Drink now through 2028. 25,359 cases made.