The inaugural vintage from their LEED Platinum and Living Building certified winery, 2017 will be one for the history books. Over 24 months, this 95.5% Cabernet Sauvignon had all the time it needed to marry beautifully with miniscule amounts of Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Half of the home-coopered American Oak barrels were new, contributing subtle notes of bay leaf, coconut and vanilla. Harmonious and integrated, in classic Silver Oak style, this beauty is ready to enjoy now and over the next two decades.
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.