Silver Oak, Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Almost Bordelais in style and weight, this elegant Napa Cabernet blend comes from one of the state’s coolest ever vintages. No matter; the wine boasts supple cigar box spice, lively acidity, sweet plum and blueberry compote fruits with a floral violet flourish. The tannins are soft and savoury and there’s tremendous sense of vitality, youth, harmony and pleasure from start to the long imperious finish. For the record, the assemblage is 76% Cabernet, 14.5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and an all-important half per cent of Malbec, all of which was aged in US oak for two years.
Taster: John Stimpfig