2019 Timeless Proprietary Red Napa Valley
A single vineyard proprietary red blend from the Duncan family of Silver Oak, Timeless Napa Valley is a transparent expression of Soda Canyon Ranch and a tribute to Silver Oak co-founder Ray Duncan. This opulent wine has a broad and balanced mid-palate, notes of vanilla and blueberry, a dried floral character and chalky tannins. Anise and cherry lift the palate to a beautiful, lingering finish. In both aromatics and palate, this is an elegant vintage worthy of cellaring for years to come.
Crafted by winemaker Nate Weis, this eponymous single vineyard red wine embodies the distinct and variegated character of Soda Canyon Ranch. The site—tucked away in the southern benchlands of the Napa Valley’s Vaca Mountains—was acquired by the Duncan family of Silver Oak in 1999 and has since formed the backbone of Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for the last two decades. To a seasoned vineyardist, Soda Canyon Ranch is that rare convergence of six micro-vineyards meeting in one dynamic place, from which Nate and his team farm and select the most expressive fruit to speak on behalf of the vineyard in a given 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.