~Silver Oak Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010~
By Wine Spectator
SILVER OAK Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010
Issue Jun 15, 2015
Shows a good touch of bottle age and a notably oaky presence, marked by dill, vanilla bean and coconut notes wrapped around a rich, authoritative, full-bodied core of dark berry, licorice, dusty, loamy earth and espresso. Drink now through 2028. -JL
By Silver Oak Cellars
2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley
Composition: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc
Bottle Sizes: 750.00ml, 1.50 L Magnum, 3.0 L Double Magnum, 6.0 L Imperial
Release Day: February 7, 2015
Blending & Aging
Our 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, selected from vineyards throughout the appellation, is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. We blended the vineyard lots in early 2011 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 natural 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.
Vintage Description Notes
2010 was the first of two unusually cool California vintages. The spring was cool with some minor frosts and a few spring showers. By June, temperatures normalized, greatly helping bloom and set. Both July and August were unusually cool, which contributed to extraordinary phenolic and color maturity. Slightly above average temperatures in September and the first half of October brought the crop to ideal maturity. We began harvest on September 25th, three weeks later than normal, and ended on October 26th.
Our 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a seamless wine that expresses bright, fresh fruit characters from an unusually cool California vintage. It has a vibrant, ruby color and a complex nose of boysenberries, blueberries, sage, licorice and roasted chicory. It has a luscious mouthfeel with notes of fresh fruit and carnation flowers on the palate. It has fine-grained tannins and a velvety texture that leads to a long, fruit-filled finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2031.
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~Robert Keenan Winery '35th Anniversary' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011~
By Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media
Keenan Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Napa Valley
Country: United States
Drinking Window: 2014 - 2026
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is beautiful. Dark red cherries, tobacco, mint and graphite are some of the many notes that inform this hugely attractive, medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. The finish is long, silky and exceptionally polished. Tobacco, dried cherries, mint and smoke add nuance on the close. This is another relatively soft, gorgeous 2011 from Keeenan. Antonio Galloni, November 2013
By Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
2011 Robert Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon '35th Anniversary'
A Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine from USA, Napa, North Coast, California, USA
Review by Robert M. Parker, Jr.
Wine Advocate # 209 (Oct 2013)
Drink 2013 - 2021
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot. Surprisingly rich, ripe and heady with lots of black currant and black cherry fruit, no hint of herbaceousness or earthiness and medium to full body, this delicate, finesse-styled Cabernet is a noteworthy success in 2011. Given its fast evolutionary track, it should be consumed over the next 7-8 years. Micheal Keenan has done an incredible job at this Spring Mountain winery over the last 10-15 years, producing one of the finest Cabernet Francs in all of northern California as well as hitting all cylinders with his other Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot as well as his sumptuous blend called Mernet. Tel. (707) 963-9177
By Robert Keenan Winery
2011 '35th Anniversary' Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Total Acidity: 0.58 grams/100 ml
Residual Sugar: Dry
Bottling Date: August 8, 2013
Blend: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot
Vineyard Sources: 68% Estate, Spring Mtn. Dist. Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Pope Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot - Napa Carneros
Viticulture & Viniculture
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is composed primarily of grapes grown on Keenan’s Spring Mountain District Estate; the remainder of the fruit was harvested from Pope Valley, a grape growing region located in the eastern portion of Napa. Keenan’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested beginning on October 1st, with the final lot being picked on November 2nd. After harvest, the fruit clusters were de-stemmed, then fermented for ten to fourteen days. The wine was barrel aged in thirty-three percent new French and American oak for twenty months. The blend was assembled just before bottling. The Estate grown Cabernet imparts amazing concentration and remarkable structure, while the portion of Cabernet harvested from Pope Valley adds complex aromas and a balanced mid-palate.
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