Harvest Time! Update from Director of Winemaking Daniel Baron

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Believe it or not, Cabernet Sauvignon harvest has begun!  Due to very little winter rain, lack of fog and an early bud break the 2014 growing season got an early start.  With the first load of fruit arriving to the winery in the final days of August it is safe to say this is the earliest harvest we have

We began crushing at our Oakville Winery with Cabernet Sauvignon from our Soda Canyon Vineyard on the southeastern hillside of the Napa Valley on Thursday, August 28th.  We are very excited about this fruit because it is very mature at a low degree Brix, which means it should make a luscious, full bodied wine at about 13% alcohol.  Time will tell.  Last week we brought more Cabernet Sauvignon in from Soda Canyon as well as some fruit from the St. Helena area.  It was a busy day on September 1st. You know what they say in wine production:  “They don’t call it Labor Day for nothing.”

We began crush earlier this week at our Geyserville Winery on Tuesday, September 2nd with Cabernet Sauvignon from the Cloverdale area.  Elias Rosas, our Geyserville Winery Cellar Master, and the crew are raring to go!

It is a very exciting time at Silver Oak and we look forward to sharing our 2014 harvest updates with you.  More harvest updates to come!

-Daniel Baron