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Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1986

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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750ML / 12.8% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 1986 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a vibrant ruby-red color. It has a rich nose of leather, sandalwood, lavender and sage. This wine has a fruit-sweet attack, medium body and a long tapering finish.

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Critical Acclaim

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WS 92
Wine Spectator
Shows the same exotic oak and spice character of the Bonny's Vineyard bottling, but is a shade less concentrated and perhaps more elegant. Features lots of complex flavors, ranging from plum and black cherry to dill and spice. Finishes with smooth tannins.--1986 California Cabernet horizontal.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
There was no controversy over the 1986 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley. It exhibited significantly less of the fruitcake, cedar, herb component of the 1986 Alexander Valley, and more of the classic, blackcurrant, tobacco, toasty oak personality. Rich and fleshy, with a deeper garnet color containing less orange and amber at the edge, this full-bodied, lush, concentrated wine was hedonistic, voluptuously-textured, thick, and juicy.
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Silver Oak Napa Valley

Silver Oak Napa Valley

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Silver Oak Cellars was started in 1972 with a simple driving philosphy - to focus production on only one varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon. What's more, they resolved to create a wine with a style all its own: not another hard, tannic red wine requiring years of aging to enjoy, but a wine of fully developed flavors and a velvety soft texture on the day it is released for sale.

Silver Oak Cellars produces Cabernet Sauvignon from two appellations. Their Napa Valley derives its fruit from both owned and contracted vineyards, and is produced entirely at their Oakville winery. Beginning in 1994, small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot have been included in their Napa blend to add complexity and softness.

Silver Oak also produces stellar Cabernet from their Alexander Valley vineyards. A critical reason for the success of this wine, and every wine they make, has always been that they create the final blend before aging it in American oak barrels and then bottles. Over the course of four-and-a-half years, the wine’s flavors, aromas, and textures have an opportunity to meld with one another and the wood’s delicate qualities to create the kind of graceful cohesion found only in the world's most elegant wines.

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One of the most prestigious wines of the world capable of great power and grace, Napa Valley Cabernet is a leading force in the world of fine, famous, collectible red wines. Today the Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that this marriage came to light; sudden international recognition rained upon Napa with the victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris.

Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly dominates Napa Valley today, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and earning the most critical acclaim. Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure, acidity, capacity to thrive in multiple environs and ability to express nuances of vintage make it perfect for Napa Valley where incredible soil and geographical diversity are found and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that express specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil—as a perfect example, Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

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