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The Berry Sensory Analysis of Love Potion #2009

POSTED 7/23/2013 9:58:59 PM COMMENTS

Director of Winemaking Daniel Baron and Grower Relations Manager Nick Filice walk the vineyards and check grape maturity using the Berry Sensory Analysis techniques.

Each new vintage presents an opportunity to improve. In 2009, our Director of Winemaking, Daniel Baron, implemented the use of a break-though method called Berry Sensory Analysis to better determine the maturity level of our fruit and ensure we harvest our Cabernet Sauvignon at optimal ripeness.

Traditionally, the decision to harvest was based upon a grape sample’s juice chemistry, specifically degrees brix (% sugar), pH and Total Acidity. However, studies and practical observations have shown that grapes with the same juice chemistry can make very different wines. Indeed, we have come to learn that the quality of red wine is determined by the ripeness of the skins. The color, tannins and aromatics of a wine come from the cell walls in the skins and the first layer of cells just beneath them. When a grape reaches full maturity, the cell walls have broken down, allowing the contents of the cells to enter the wine solution. Therefore, to accurately measure a grape’s maturity, we must also find a way to assess the maturity of the skins.

Berry Sensory Analysis is a process that takes into consideration the pulp, seeds and skin to determine maturity. Through a series of sensory tests using sight, touch and taste, our Winemaking Team evaluates a grape’s softness, color, stalk removal, pulp, seeds and skin. Each element of the grape is given a score from one to six; one is under-ripe, six is over-ripe and four is optimal ripeness. Once the scores begin to align around the number four, the fruit has reached maturity and is ready for harvest. During a growing season, the same blocks are evaluated multiple times a week, sometimes even multiple times a day, leading up to the ultimate decision of when to harvest.

Daniel is excited about the use of Berry Sensory Analysis because it has provided him and his team with a methodology by which to evaluate the grapes. Prior to Berry Sensory Analysis, Daniel had always tasted the fruit to help determine when to pick, but he didn’t have a way to quantify what he tasted. He explains the decision to harvest was less precise and more subjective. Now, he has a specific protocol to focus and evaluate what he sees, feels and tastes.

Our Winemaking Team is energized by the improvements they’ve already been able to make to our winemaking processes with Berry Sensory Analysis. We can’t wait to share the end results with you at our 2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Release Day at our Oakville winery on Saturday, August 3rd!

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17th Annual Premiere Napa Valley Raises $3.04 Million!

POSTED 2/26/2013 6:04:56 PM COMMENTS

Let the bidding begin!

This year’s Premiere Napa Valley auction was a huge success raising $3.04 million, nearly matching last year’s record-breaking event! 218 Napa Valley wineries donated 211 one-of-a-kind wines to be auctioned to members of the trade. This year’s winning bidder of our 20 case Cabernet Sauvignon Silver Oak lot, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, is Total Wine & More. Thank you and Congratulations to Total Wine & More! Our 2011 Silver Oak Jumpin’ Jack Flash is a beautiful wine from an incredible vintage. What makes it even more special is that there is no other wine like it in the world.

Twomey, also owned by the Duncan Family of Silver Oak, donated a 10 case lot of single vineyard Merlot called One. The winning bidder of this unique wine is Republic National Distributing Co. We know this wine will be in good hands and enjoyed by all who have the opportunity to taste it. RNDC - Congratulations and Thank you for your support!

Founded in 1997, Premiere provides funding for the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) to further its mission to promote, protect and enhance the Napa Valley appellation, its wines and its community. Revenue comes from the auctioning of rare, ultra-boutique, one-of-a-kind wines, crafted in as few as 60 bottles and never more than 240. For Napa Valley winemakers, Premiere is a chance to express something they have always wanted to convey in a wine in very limited production for this one moment in time and then never again. For attendees, it's the chance to preview the vintage coming into market.

To learn more about Premiere Napa Valley, please visit www.napavintners.com/pnv/.

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Restaurants Participating in our 2008 Napa Valley Release Day!

POSTED 1/24/2013 8:37:57 PM COMMENTS

Chefs preparing delicious bites for Release Day attendees.

There is a buzz in the air at our Oakville Winery. The release of our 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is almost here! On Saturday, February 2, 2013, we invite you to our Oakville winery for a day full of friends, fun, wine, music and food. We will be serving up some spectacular food from some of the best restaurants in the area from 10a.m. to 2:30p.m. including:


Goose & Gander
La Toque Restaurant-BANK Café and Bar at The Westin Verasa
Q Restaurant & Bar
Morimoto Restaurant
Farmstead
Sea Thai Bistro
La Taquiza
Jackson's Bar & Oven

The 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet and 2008 Twomey Napa Valley Merlot will be poured from 10a.m. to 3:30p.m. for you to enjoy as you sample the delicious food.

What better way to enjoy wine country than be tasting our newest release and sampling food from eight wonderful Napa Valley and Sonoma County restaurants in one day?

Haven’t bought your ticket yet? There is still time left. Ticket sales end on Thursday January 31 at 3pm PST.

We really hope you can join us, and remember it is only at our Napa Valley Winery in Oakville!

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2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Release Day is February 2, 2013!

POSTED 1/7/2013 10:44:11 PM COMMENTS

Our 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

We are barely into 2013 and we are already less than month away from our 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Release Day! This beautiful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot has spent 24 months in 100% new American oak barrels and 20 months aging in the bottle in anticipation of reaching your glass!

As eloquently stated by our Director of Winemaking, Daniel Baron, “Our 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex and layered expression of California Cabernet. The wine has a dark garnet color and is bursting with fruit even as it is poured. It has a nose of cassis, violets, licorice, allspice and roasting coffee. On the palate, it has an extraordinarily rich attack, a satin texture and an exuberant expression of fruit on the mid-palate that comes from picking grapes at the peak of their ripeness. The wine finishes with notions of savory umami, and fruit with a medium tannic grip. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2032.”

We invite you to come celebrate another great Release Day with us on Saturday, February 2nd. We had so much fun in August celebrating our 40th Anniversary as one whole bunch in Oakville that we decided to do the same this February.

For more information about Release Day and to purchase tickets, please visit our Release Day page.

We hope to see you there!

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Happy Holidays from Silver Oak and Twomey!

POSTED 12/28/2012 11:27:17 PM COMMENTS

It has been an absolutely incredible year for all of us here at Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars and the Holidays have given us a moment to finally stop, catch our breath, and reflect on everything.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for making 2012 one of the most amazing years ever! 

For Silver Oak, it meant the celebration of 40 years as one of California's most iconic Cabernet brands.  For Twomey it has meant capping off another year of explosive growth and praise from fans and critics alike.

In the cases of both wineries, we now look to the future; proud of what is behind us and excited for the challenges that lay ahead.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2013 and sharing more of this incredible passion of ours with you! 

Happy Holidays and we wish you a happy, healthy and posperous New Year!

Happy Holidays from Silver Oak:

Happy New Year from Twomey:

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