Alexander Valley

Mentioning the name “Silver Oak” in a conversation about wine will typically elicit
some very strong opinions on both sides of the fence.

Justin Meyer Silver Oak

Justin Meyer – Founder/Winemaker

On one side of the Silver Oak debate are those who consider the wines to be a hallmark of California Cabernet Sauvignon and purchase them with each new vintage release.  Many even boast about verticals they have in their cellars that date back to the days when the winery, under founder Justin Meyer’s rule, bottled a miniscule production, and highly prized “Bonny’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon” from Meyer’s one-acre parcel in Oakville.

There are apparently legions of Silver Oak fans judging from sales each year of about fifty to sixty thousand cases of the Alexander Valley bottling, and about twenty thousand cases of the Napa bottling.

On the other side of the fence are those that contend that Silver Oak has seen it’s heyday, and is not the “cult wine” favorite that it once was.

However, there can be no argument with the fact that Silver Oak Cabernet played a major role in developing the mystique surrounding California “Cult Cabernet Sauvignon”.

Twice A Year Silver Oak Release Parties Draw Huge Crowds

Silver Oak Release Party

Silver Oak Release Party

The first Saturday in August, and again the first Saturday in February, Silver Oak Cellars releases it’s new vintage of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, respectively.  Devout fans from all over the country, if not the world, descend on both the Napa and Alexander Valley facilities.  Attendees are not only able to taste and purchase the new release, but often are treated to library wines.  Limited release large bottle formats are also made available for purchase at the release parties.


Silver Oak 2007 Alexander Valley Cabernet SauvignonThe current release is the Silver Oak 2007 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  (The Napa 2007 will be released at the Release Party on February 4, 2012.)  From the epic 2007 vintage, this wine is one the best Alexander Valley Cabernet bottlings for Silver Oak in the past decade.

  • Vintage: 2007 – one of the BEST in recent history
  • Appellation: Alexander Valley
  • Composition: 100% Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Big Bottles: Large bottle formats – Limited – 1.5L Magnum & 3.0L Double Magnum – (send inquiries to

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes:

Daniel Baron Silver Oak Winemaker

Daniel Baron – Winemaker

“Our 2007 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a profound,fruit-driven wine from a great California vintage. It has a dark ruby color with a purple edge and an inviting nose of ripe black plum, blackberry, baking spices and soy sauce. On the palate, the wine is rich and full, reminiscent of the flavors of a berry cobbler. It has a long, fruity finish with fine grained tannins, and is a testament to exquisite ripeness at moderate alcohol. With proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2031.”

Vintage Description

“The 2007 vintage had an unusual combination of a light crop and a cool summer which resulted in great concentration and mature flavors and tannins at moderate alcohol. The season started cool and dry with less than an inch of rain in January. The dry weather continued into spring and the dry soils induced early budbreak and bloom. Fruit set was light and berries were small: crop levels were 15% to 20% below normal. Summer weather was mild with temperatures rarely exceeding 90˚F. Continued dry weather, a warm spell in early August and a Labor Day heat wave were the catalysts for achieving perfect maturity. The small berries and long, slow ripening resulted in extraordinary wines.”

Blending and Aging

“Our 2007 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of wine from several different vineyards, is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. We blended the vineyard lots in early 2008 and transferred the wine to 50% new and 50% once-used American oak barrels for aging. Blending prior to barreling allows us to achieve a balance of the wine’s natural elements, such as fruit and tannin, before they are influenced by oak. The wine was then aged in barrel for approximately 25 months and another 15 months in bottle to harmonize its components before release.”

SILVER OAK 2007 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

$840 per case $70 per bottle – 750 ml

$840 per case $140 per bottle – Magnum (1.5 Liter)

$382 per bottle – Double Magnum (3.0 Liter)

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