One of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons from the vintage, the 2011 Silver Oak Alexander Valley is so well built! Excellent in its balance and ripeness, this could be one of top wines of the year! I'd like to savory this one with a grilled double cut center cut pork chop. Medium to dark ruby color; savory aroma, maybe some mint, kind of fascinating and surprising, red currants and oak comes up with a bit of aeration and builds to a fine crescendo, fine depth; medium bodied and finely structured on the palate; dry, nice acidity, well balanced; oak, red currants and savory spices in its youthful flavors; long in the finish and poised in the aftertaste.
Our 2012 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a lively and full-bodied expression of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from an exceptional vintage. It has a lovely garnet color and opens with aromas of black currant, orange zest and raspberry. These aromas are framed by nuanced notes of vanilla, marshmallow and cocoa, eliciting an effect reminiscent of chocolate-covered berries. The attack is rich and gives way to a mid-palate with breadth and depth, supported with refreshing acidity and integrated, dusty tannins. This wine has power with an unusual vitality and structural balance. Given proper cellar conditions, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2034.
Our 2012 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot. It was blended in early 2013 and aged for 24 months in 48% new and 52% once-used American oak barrels from our cooperage, The Oak, in Higbee, Missouri. Early blending assures a balanced core and allows the components to achieve a seamless harmony during barrel aging. After bottling in the spring of 2015, the wine was aged an additional 15 months in bottle before being released in August of 2016.