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.
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