Silver Oak Cellars only produces Cabernet Sauvignon wine. They usually
blend Cabernet Franc, and a bit of Merlot I believe with the Cabernet.
They currently only have two varieties, the Napa Valley and Alexander Valley
Cabernet. The Napa is usually a little more tannic, bolder taste to it
than the Alexander. Most people prefer the Alexander. The reason
this winery only makes one wine is that the winemaker, Justin, hasn't yet
made the perfect wine. He says when they do, then it's time to try another
varietal. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
This is the drive into Silver Oak, note the water tower, a little off center to the right.
Here is the front door. My fiance' is the cute redhead.
Here are some Cabernet Franc Vines. These are right across from the front door.
This is the bottling/labeling line. Notice all the stacked cases of wine bottles(top right). Silver Oak only produces around 15K cases per year.
A very small production for Napa Valley.
Below is the Silver Oak Cellars Philosophy statement, as done by Justin Meyer and are his ideas and words.
"To make exceptional Cabernets was
my winemaker's dream. When Ray Duncan and I started Silver Oak Cellars
in 1972 my dream began to materialize. Now, after twenty five exhilerating
ears, I still get excited every time crush rolls around. Over the years
we have made many outstanding wines of which i am very proud, but I always
remind myself that we have yet to make the perfect Cabernet. The challenge
is always out there waiting for the next vintage.
From the start, we have dedicated ourselves to Cabernet. Our wines are produced each year in a time honored fashion regardless of vintage or appelation. Our grapes are selected from meticulously farmed vineyards in the Alexander and Napa Valleys. Both Cabernets are aged for up to thirty months in American oak barrels, and then cellared for another twelve to eighteen months, in order to develop the bouquet that comes from lengthy bottle age. Our extensive aging program, along with a great deal of patience, hard work and winemaking expertise, are responsible for the well developed bouquet, complexity and finesse that is Silver Oak's trademark. Experience the finesse and elegance that is Silver Oak. The wines are our pride and your pleasure."
"All our first wines, from 1972 thru
1978, were from the Alexander Valley. This was the location of our
first vineyards. Because these wines have been so consistently delightful,
our Alexander Valley Cabernet has become the standard for our finesse-style
Cabernet Sauvignons. The interplay of soil and climate in this region produces
exquisite wines year after year with only slight vintage variation. The
character of our Alexnader Valley Cabernet Suavignon is exemplified by
its softness and drinkability upon release, with more subtle complexity
as it matures in the bottle for an additional five to ten years. the velvety
smooth, lush, mouth filling wine sfrom the Alexander Valley are easily
distinguished from our bolder, more agressive Napa Valley Cabernets.
In the fall of 1992 we purchased an existing winery in the Alexander Valley north of Geyserville. We pricess the grapes from our 200 acres of AV vineyards in this state-of-the-art facility. The modified cellar now holds the 4,600 American oak barrels we need for our extensive aging program. The airy tasting room and lovely courtyard invite our visitors to relax and enjoy the leisurely pace of Sonoma County, complemented by our great Alexander Valley Cabernets."
"Our Napa Valley Cabernet, first
produced in 1979, was offered to give Silver Oak drinkers a choice. Napa
Valley's volcanic soils and climatic conditions are quite different from
those of the Alexander Valley. The vines typically produce less tonnage
per acre with more intense flavors. Thse viticultural diferences combine
with our choice to use new oak barrels for each vintage, to produce a Cabernet
which is distinctly different yet decidedly Silver Oak. These wines
tend to be more austere and closed-in with harder tannins at release time.
The initial austerity softens and rounds out with age and contributes to
long range aging potential.
Our Napa Valley winery was established in 1972 and is located in Oakville on the site of the old Oakville Dairy. the dairy buildings served as our first aging cellars and are still in use today. In 1982, a 2,500 barrel cellar, hospitality room, and office were added. A new crushing, fermenting, and bottling building was completed in 1987. Visitors to both wineries will find a warm reception and the special opportunity to purchase oler vintages and large bottles."
"The first obligation of every wine
is to be red"
--- Justin Meyer
"People are like wine... age sours
the bad and improves the good"
"God in his goodness sent the grape
to cheer both great and small. Little fools will drink to much and great
fools none at all"
"Life is a Cabernet!"
--- The Silver Oak Pledge
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