Silver Oak Alexandra Valley 2013

There are wineries and estates we get more and more excited about and Silver Oak is one of them. The reasons for this are simple: we were the first merchant to really push these years ago in the UK; the wines are fantastic; and the people behind the label are genuinely great human beings to work with.  

Silver Oak began over a handshake between two friends with a bold vision. The plan was simple: focus on one varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon, aged exclusively in American oak and create a wine worthy of cellaring for decades. Raymond Twomey Duncan, a Colorado entrepreneur who began investing in Californian vineyards in the late 1960s, and Justin Meyer, a winemaker and former Christian Brother, began the business in a Napa Valley dairy barn in 1972. They produced just 1,100 cases of their inaugural vintage. Over the next two decades, Silver Oak grew in popularity. Their Napa Valley and Alexander Valley Cabernets sold quickly on release from the winery and became a sought-after staple on restaurant wine lists around the US.

Daniel Baron, ex-Petrus, replaced Justin Meyer in 1982. It was Daniel’s performance in the 1982 vintage that led Christian Moueix to put him in charge of Dominus Estate and he eventually joined Silver Oak in 1994. Nate Weis has since joined, having gained experience in New Zealand with Craggy Range but also in Napa where he was hired by Marchese Piero Antinori (Tignanello, Solaia) to run their Napa project. In 45 years, only three winemakers have made Silver Oak. This might be the key to their great consistency, year in year out.

“The Greatest Vintage I've Tasted in 37 years Visiting Northern California” Robert Parker

After many years of working with Silver Oak, we are now rewarded with a good allocation of their wine and after trying the beautiful 2013 vintage yesterday, we can promise the hype of the vintage is real. Perfect growing conditions but also innovative vineyard techniques have contributed to make the best Silver Oak we ever tasted!

Do not miss this opportunity to have a case of the beautiful 2013 as when it’s gone, it’s gone… 

  • Price: £710.00 per case
  • Pack Size: 12 x 0.75L
  • Status: IB
  • Quantity: 12 Cs
  • ETA: December 2017
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Tasting Notes and Scores

BI
98+

Such a seductive nose, pronounced aromas of blackcurrant, blackberries and dark cherries, but also black olives and sweet spices. The palate is full bodied, voluptuous and lively. It has great depth. Notes of raspberry are also coming through with vanilla notes. The finish is very long and elegant. Lingering acidity and silky tannins makes you want to savour and pour another glass. Silver Oak Alexandra Valley 2013 is a serious wine. Great balance of power and elegance. It will develop into a superb Napa until at least 2030+ - November 2017

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