Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 95pts.
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.
Oak aged for 24 months. Blending before barrel aging—a signature of our winemaking style—allows blends to be based on the inherent qualities of their vineyard components before oak influence. It was then aged for an additional 24 months in bottle before being released in February of 2023.
Sustainable and LEED Platinum Certified Napa Green
95 Points Decanter
Ruby in color with notes of strawberry, fresh carnation, black pepper and vanilla. Good body across the mid-palate with a blackberry character on the finish and bright cherry return. Integrated tannins, balanced finish. With proper cellaring conditions, this wine will continue to improve through 2043.
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