Wilfred Wong 92
"When I first tasted the first Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignons in the mid-1970s, I knew there was something here, but I could not pin it down. The first wines were powerful. As the decades moved through, I became well-acquainted with what the founders Raymond Twomey Duncan and Justin Meyer had envisioned, and the project continues to blossom. Now as we approach Silver Oak's five decades, the wines are getting better and better. The 2015 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet is another success story. Almost too predictable, this wine is as robust as they come. TASTING NOTES: This wine is a mouthful of ripe red and black fruits, medium tannins, and oak nuances. Pair it with an ultra-thick grilled ribeye and savor away." (Tasted: June 24, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
"Marked by drought and a warm dry summer, the year had ideal ripening conditions and the shortest harvest season ever. Low yields and small berries translated into a bold, deep-coloured Cabernet with less than 5 other Bordeaux varietals. Its a big mouthful of ripe juicy blackberry flavours with spicy aromas and roasted brown sugar notes of American oak aging."
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Silver Oak Cellars is a family-owned, California winery dedicated to producing only Cabernet Sauvignon. Silver Oak was established in 1972 by Ray Duncan and Justin Meyer. It is currently operated by Ray's sons David Duncan, who serves as the President and CEO, and his brother, Tim Duncan, who serves as Executive Vice President. Silver Oak has two wineries; one in Oakville in the Napa Valley and one in Geyserville in the Alexander Valley. The Duncan Family also established Twomey Cellars in 1999, named after Ray Duncan's mother, where they produce Pinot noir, Merlot and Sauvignon blanc. Twomey has wineries in Calistoga and Healdsburg.
In 2007, the ColoradoBiz cited Silver Oak as one of a dozen California wineries which "have reached cult status" for its Cabernet Sauvignon production and occupies an "important niche in California's wine industry