Wine Maker Notes
The 2008 vintage featured a dry spring with serious frost damage in some vineyards and cool bloom-time conditions, which, coupled together, produced a light crop. It was a mild summer with a few heat spikes in July, August and early September. Harvest was about nine days earlier than normal due to the small crop and the accelerated ripening from the warm temperatures. We started picking in Alexander Valley on September 1st and concluded harvest on October 3rd.
Our 2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, selected from several different vineyards throughout the appellation, is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. We blended the vineyard lots in early 2009 and transferred the wine to 50% new and 50% once-used American oak barrels for aging. Blending prior to barreling allows us to achieve a balance of the wine’s natural elements, such as fruit and tannin, before they are influenced by oak. The wine was then aged in barrel for approximately 24 months and another 15 months in bottle to harmonize its components before release.
Our mission in making Cabernet is disarmingly simple to make delicious wines that people love. Whether you're just beginning to explore wine or have a well developed palate, the first question to as is, "Does it taste good?" While wine reviews can help put words to the wine drinking experience, the best judge of a wine's character and complexity is the person drinking it. This approach has served us well, and Silver Oak wines have developed a fantastic following. Hear what our loyal fans have to say about our wines and chime in with your own opinion.
In 1994, Daniel Baron was hired as Justin Meyer's successor and worked by his side until he retired in 2001. At that time, Justin sold his hsare of Silver Oak to the Duncan family. Today, Daniel leads our winemaking team for both Silver oak and Twomey Cellars.