Silver Oak is always at the fore when “Napa Valley Cabernet” is mentioned. Since their first vintage in 1972, Silver Oak has not looked back, producing stellar Cabernet every year. While many wineries with Silver Oak’s track record and feverish demand are content to rest on their laurels and coast, this Oakville institution has invested millions in making their flagship Napa wine. It’s better than ever—and it shows in their terrific 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet.
This is a vintage to stock up on, low yields give rich concentration and flavor, but less availability. It boasts aromas and flavors of strawberry, cigar and tea leaves plus a touch of black pepper and clove, with lush silky tannins to finish. It’s a classic! Act fast though—this wine sells out handily each year!
There are few wineries in California that embody the pioneering spirit of Napa Valley better than Silver Oak. Founded in 1972, Ray Duncan went all-in with Cabernet Sauvignon early in the game, and the rest, as they say, is history. This mighty oak's roots run deep, and have helped this family-owned winery stand tall and strong amidst Napa's constant winds of change. While many wineries with Silver Oak’s track record and sales volume are content to rest on their laurels and coast, this Oakville institution is relentlessly pursuing perfection anew. They’re doing it primarily in the vineyard, modifying their vineyard practices to ensure that every grape is optimally ripe before it enters the winery. They even have a machine that rolls through the vineyard, scanning and measuring the diameter of emerging shoots in order to map vine vigor (and therefore determine irrigation and pruning needs). That’s pretty intense. The results speak for themselves.
Marked by drought and a warm dry summer, the year had ideal ripening conditions and the shortest harvest season ever. Low yields and small berries translated into a bold, deep-coloured Cabernet with less than other Bordeaux varietals. It’s a big mouthful of ripe juicy blackberry flavours with spicy aromas.