Venge’s “Silencieux” may well be one of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignons in the Valley for the money, comprised of sites in Calistoga, Oakville, and Soda Canyon. Carefully selecting the best Cabernet Sauvignon berries is the key to this concentrated and opulent wine. Ripe blueberries, blackberries and black currants lead the way, along with notes of espresso. If you like ‘em huge and ripe, this one’s for you!
Just over 40 years old, Kirk Venge has already established himself as an indispensible winemaker in the Napa Valley, gaining enviable critical acclaim for his no-holds-barred, ripe and plush Cabernet Sauvignon. We often say that Kirk’s wines should come with a hedonism warning label, or require some sort of permit. Kirk took over Venge Vineyards from his dad Nils in 2008, and has never looked back. He’s built an impressive consulting roster too, making wines for luminaries like B Cellars, Hunnicutt, Macauley, Bacio Divino, and Trespass.
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Silencieux has a deep purple-black color and is vibrantly scented of freshly crushed black and red currants, black plums and kirsch with suggestions of bay leaves, rose hip tea, forest floor and morels. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers wonderful tension with a firm, fine-grained frame supporting the youthful, muscular fruit, finishing long and savory.