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 accelerated ripening from the warm temperatures. We started picking in Napa Valley on September 1st and concluded harvest on October 14th.
Our 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, selected from vineyards throughout the appellation, is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. We blended the vineyard lots in early 2009 and transferred the wine to 100% new American oak barrels for aging. Blending prior to barreling allows us to achieve a balance of the wine’s primary 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 20 months in bottle to harmonize its components before release.
“It's easy to see why Silver Oak remains so popular with the restaurant crowd. It's made in a more restrained style than many other Napa Cabs. There’s plenty of berry and currant fruit as well as oak, but it’s accompanied by tobacco and herbs that give the wine an earthiness. What the wine lacks in dazzle it more than makes up for in elegance and subtlety. Should develop well for at least a decade.” Steve Heimoff – Wine & Spirits Magazine