Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 96JS
The Novaks (of Spottswoode fame) invited Ray Duncan for his first visit to Napa and Sonoma. Ray spotted a report published by Bank of America that forecast a significant increase in the average wine consumption of the American consumer which at the time was around 2 bottles per person per year. Intrigued by this as well as the region, Ray purchased his first land in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley in 1970 in partnership with Jack Novak (100 acres called Los Amigos Vineyard).
Originally called Duncan-Meyer, the winery’s first name didn’t sound right or look appealing on the label. Bonny suggested ‘Silver Oak’ based on the dairy barn’s location half way between Oakville and the Silverado Trail. They presented the name to Ray, who wasn’t keen on its sound at first.
80.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.6% Merlot, 2.9% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc and 0.7% Malbec
Sustainable and LEED Platinum Certified
24 months in oak
This Napa Valley Cabernet is ruby in color with notes of blackberry, blueberry, roasted coffee beans, coriander and a hint of nutmeg. Smooth upon entry, this wine is broad and plush on the mid-palate. It has an elegant density throughout and a long, generous finish. With proper cellaring conditions, this wine will age beautifully through 2041.
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