Welcome to Wine Wednesday! What better way to get over the hump of a busy work week! Let’s explore and learn about a great wine! From Chardonnay sipped on a casual evening to a rare Cabernet for special occasions, each week we feature a wine available in our gifts. We’ll speak to the history of the makers behind the bottle, and we’ll tell you all about the flavors to be had inside.
This Week’s #WineWednesday – 2013 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
About This Wine:
Silver Oak’s production began over a handshake between two friends – Raymond Twomey Duncan, a Colorado entrepreneur who invested in California vineyards, and a winemaker named Justin Meyer. The duo had a bold vision: to focus only on the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal, age it exclusively in American oak barrels, and make it cellar-worthy for decades to come. They converted an old dairy barn into a winery in Napa Valley and produced their first vintage of only 1,100 cases in 1972.
Over the next three decades, Silver Oak’s popularity skyrocketed as it consistently collected rave reviews. Their Alexander Valley and Napa Valley cabernets sold as quickly as they were released from the winery and became quite a hot commodity on restaurant wine lists across the US. Eventually, Justin Meyer retired and sold his stake in the winery to the Duncan family, who owns and operates Silver Oak to this day.
In 2006, a sweeping fire destroyed the historic winery in Oakville, Napa Valley. It was an emotional, difficult time for the entire Silver Oak family, but they were determined to rebuild, and the sense of loss was soon replaced with the excitement of an innovative new state-of-the-art winery. Today, Silver Oak grows on over 400 acres in Napa and Alexander Valleys. In 2015, Silver Oak became the first North American winery to own and operate an American oak cooperage (a cooperage is a barrel factory), giving them full control over the quality of their aging barrels.
The 2013 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, with the potential to be the winery’s best ever, is seamless, rewarding, and a standout. At first sniff, this wine shows black fruit and cedar notes. With aeration, its aromatics blossom and springs forth with a delightful array of savory spices. Invite a few wine friends and pair this wine with a thick, rare slice of prime rib and enjoy the wine and food synergy.
79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot.
Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2038.
Have you had a chance to taste Silver Oak Napa Cabernet? If so, what did you think? Let us know in the comments below. If not, tell us about your favorite Pinot Noir and why you enjoy it!