By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.silveroak.com
Silver Oak winery has been not only the envy of California Cab lovers for decades but also a great example of how to build and preserve a solid brand-identity in such a competitive market segment like wine. This 2007 Napa Cab has gone through 25 months of barrel aging and another two years of in-bottle aging – I was excited to give this one a whirl for sure.
- Composition: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
- Alcohol: 13.9%
- Harvest dates: Sep. 5 – Oct. 10
- Cooperage: 100% American Oak for 26 months and another 24 months in-bottle.
- Release date: Feb. 4, 2012
- Price: $100
Nose: At this “young age” of only 5 years, the oak is still very thick right off the bat – Silver Oak makes this wine so it’ll go 10-20 years of down-time. There are some nice notes of raspberry, cherry, cola, coffee, chocolate black peppercorns, tobacco and tar bubble.
Taste: Clearly, a new-world style cab that makes no apologies for its heavy use of 100% new American oak – it’s “oaky” all the way and I know tons of people who’d love it. All the characters of a new-world cab is here with its roundness of mouthfeel, vanilla, and finish. It is a definite steak-house wine and one that demands to be pounded with reckless abandon with a thick piece of meat. I’d love to try it again in another 5 or 10 years to see how it’s coming along – for now, however, it’s going to impress the folks who love this style of cab.