Silver Oak 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Item Number: 13 20 138 10
Silver Oak is the standard bearer for Napa Valley Cab and has been for decades. for this, their Napa Valley bottling they source grapes from throughout Napa Valley. The exceptional and cool 2010 vintage offered an array of well developed fruit with long hangtime, complex flavors and good balanced acidity. A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Silver Oak takes two unique steps in their wine making process that make this wine different and exceptional every vintage. First, they blend the different vineyard lots before the wine goes into barrels for aging. This lets the fruit expression stand out with the natural elements coming into balance before the influence of oak. Then the wine is transferred to 100% new American oak barrels for 24 months of aging. The second unique step they take is after bottling they age the wine in bottle for a full 20 months allowing the flavors to fully integrate and the tannins to soften so upon release it's nicely developed and clear to see the path it will take to maturity. And this 2010 shows immense complexity and bold fruit flavors. Black cherry, black currant, cranberry and plums open to dark chocolate, mocha, licorice and wood smoke as it moves through the mid-palate. Ripe tannins kick up on the finish suggesting excellent longevity, but the luscious fruit flavors linger delightfully. By all accounts this is a Silver Oak they'll be talking about for many years to come. You won't want to miss it! Just in! Wine Spectator scored this 2010 92 points saying "Shows a good touch of bottle age and a notably oaky presence, marked by dill, vanilla bean and coconut notes wrapped around a rich, authoritative, full-bodied core of loamy earth, dark berry, licorice and espresso. Drink now through 2028."
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