Handcrafted: Our 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet

How many hands does it take to make a Silver Oak Cabernet? As we prepare to release our 2012 Napa Valley 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, we set out to find the answer.

Crafting elegant, delicious Cabernet Sauvignon takes time and expertise. From our seasoned vineyard workers to our winemaker and cellar crew – many of whom have been with Silver Oak for twenty years or more – there is a wealth of knowledge (and purple-stained hands) behind every bottle of Silver Oak.

Sorting Grapes

Here are just a few places that skilled hands are hard at work behind the scenes.

  • At The Oak Cooperage: From sawing and sorting the staves to toasting the barrels.
  • In the vineyard: From pruning and thining the vines to picking grapes.
  • At the winery: From sorting berries to pumping wine to topping barrels.
  • In the lab: From pipetting juice to measuring Brix.
  • On the bottling line: From unpacking bottles to placing the foils.

So...how many hands does it take to craft a bottle of Silver Oak? Watch our 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet video to find out.

The 2012 Vintage

The 2012 vintage is broadly described as outstanding, exceptional, ideal and a gift from Mother Nature – the first of three consecutive heralded vintages.

  • Composition: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot
  • Oak: 85% new and 15% once-filled barrels from our cooperage, The Oak for 24 months
  • Extended aging: 21 months of bottle-aging before release
  • Nose: Blackberry liquer, hoisin sauce
  • Palate: Sage, molasses, sandalwood and nutmeg
  • Aging: Drinking pleasure through 2037

Learn more about our 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

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