For the serious collector, this extremely limited and impressive 2018 Silver Oak Alexander 6L is built for the long haul. 2018 shows up with red currant and ripe plum on the nose, plus bramble, cardamom and toffee. 24 months in home-coopered American Oak barrels contributes subtle notes of bay leaf, coconut and vanilla. This marks the inaugural vintage from their new LEED Platinum and Living Building certified winery, and promises to age beautifully in your cellar, for about as long as you have the patience to wait! Bring it out in a decade or two to share with a crowd around the dinner table and toast to your gift of far-sight.
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.