Silver Oak Wine Dinner A Delight!
Spring is finally here but it wasn’t long ago when the winter season’s last blizzard collided with our Silver Oak Wine Dinner. We thank those who braved the near-whiteout conditions—determined to attend--and enjoyed the delightful wines and company of special guest, winemaker Daniel Baron.
Daniel was very entertaining while delivering a wide array of information about the Silver Oak Cellars. A few facts discussed that may interest you:
- Daniel Baron has been with Silver Oak Cellars for 17 years, and previously had been with Dominus for 12 years. Daniel also spent time in France honing his skills.
- Daniel states each vintage of Silver Oak should be celebrated with the differences of each vintage from year to year.
- The first vintage of Silver Oak was 1972.
- Silver Oak strives to make a wine that delivers fresh fruit, not overly ripe fruit that results in higher alcohol.
- Daniel states the Alexander Valley Silver Oak is a little softer as a result of more fertility in the soil and the use of American oak also contributes to the softer style.
- 1994 was the first vintage the Napa Silver oak was not 100% Cabernet. Now may be blended with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
- The Napa label comes from a cooler region where soils are more volcanic and less fertile which benefits the varietals of Merlot, Cabernet and Cabernet Franc.
- Silver Oak only makes red Cabernet from Alexander Valley and Napa Valley.
- Twomey is a sister winery to Silver Oak which they acquired so they could produce other varietals from Cabernet.
- Twomey acquires its name from the middle name of the proprietor of Silver Oak, Ray Twomey Duncan.
I must say, the Twomey Russian River Pinot Noir was fabulous. If you haven’t had the opportunity to try this wine, I highly recommend it.