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Early Access: 2016 Silver Oak Cabernet

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Alexander Valley’s Iconic Cabernet
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Early Access to Silver Oak’s 2016 Cabernet

Silver Oak’s Alexander Valley Cabernet is one of our highest-rated wines, bar none—and the seamless 2016 vintage is ready. To be widely released on August 1, it’s on Wine Access right now.

Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2016

Silver Oak

Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

$80.00 per bottle Buy Now
Shipping included on any 6 bottles or $120.

Precision and Prestige: Iconic Silver Oak

Silver Oak has a worldwide reputation as the standard-bearer of California Cabernet, which is why we’re honored every time we get the chance to offer one of their wines—and why we’re more thrilled than ever that the Duncans, the family of Silver Oak, have chosen Wine Access to help debut their 2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

After its long barrel and bottle aging, the newest edition of Silver Oak’s rich, seamless Cabernet will be released at the winery on August 1—and you can get it right now, right here on Wine Access.

You, as a Wine Access member, have earned this. You’ve snapped up everything we’ve offered from the fabulous family, and made the last vintage of Silver Oak Alexander Valley one of the top-rated wines on Wine Access, bar none. 

And since the Duncans might be more zealous about quality and value than we are, they love that our perfect provenance guarantee means that every last bottle of Silver Oak will arrive at our members’ door in the same pristine condition it enjoyed in the winery’s own cellar. 

Take advantage of today's offer and get exactly what made Silver Oak America’s marquee Cabernet. It’s alluring, with seductive aromas of blackberry, wild plums, vanilla, and clove. Supple and seamless on the palate, it picks up hints of fresh herbs, crème caramel, and pipe tobacco as it saunters to a long finish. As always, Silver Oak pleases now, but is destined to add complexity as it rests in your cellar.

You can learn more about this wine by tuning in to the Wine Access Experience on Facebook for a live conversation with Silver Oak’s Matt Duncan: this Wednesday, July 1, at 5 PM PDT.

Silver Oak has helped drive American interest in fine wine since the 1970s—a fact that can help explain their ascent, but doesn’t scratch the surface of what has kept Silver Oak at the top for nearly 50 years. For that, we can thank the Duncans’ far-sighted dedication to quality, which begins long before the first drop of Cabernet hits one of their custom American oak barrels.  

“Our real push for nearly 15 years has been in a philosophy of precision viticulture,” third-generation vintner Matt Duncan told us, when we caught up over the phone. Since 2006, Silver Oak has worked with a company called Fruition Sciences. “It has opened up this whole new avenue in how we think of vine vigor, water, and canopy management,” Matt said about the partner whose services are also tapped by OVID Napa Valley and Colgin, California icon Ridge, and Bordeaux First Growth Château Latour.

“Irrigation and water were the biggest,” Matt said, referring to the changes that working with Fruition brought about. “The biggest thing you can do in California is how you irrigate.” More than a decade ago, one of Matt’s first jobs at Silver Oak was to help measure the vines’ water needs in the early hours of each day (which often included nights, he’s quick to point out) using a traditional “pressure bomb.” The piece of equipment squeezes sap from a sample leaf to measure the water potential of a plant.

Since then, the vineyard team has recalibrated and implemented new technology—like sap flow sensors that provide real-time data. This allows the team to time irrigations more accurately, which reduces water use and improves wine quality. 

The Fruition technology that Matt calls the “game-changer” is called the physiocap. Just before winter pruning, Silver Oak leaves two feet of growth on the vines. Then, they run the physiocap through each row, measuring both shoot diameter and the number of shoots per vine.  The result is a vigor map of the harvest, which helps identify patterns from the harvest that recently concluded and provides historical context available for the vineyard’s lifespan.

“It’s an amazing tool, and we can only do it once a year,” Matt said of the machine that shows them how their vineyard choices panned out. “Were your watering decisions right? Did you over- or under-water? Was our pruning accurate enough to address the variability within a certain block? Is there an area that is chronically weak or strong? All these things combined drive our replanting decisions.” A wise replanting plan is invaluable for perpetuating the kind of quality that Silver Oak is known for—the family's replanting plan for their 400 acres of grapes reaches 24 years into the future. 

Silver Oak is a decade into these measures, and their 2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet shows off the sparkling quality they’ve fostered, not to mention one of the greatest vintages ever in Northern California. 

“We have yet to make our best bottle of wine,” Matt often says. It’s the forward-looking Duncans’ mantra at Silver Oak, and it may be true—but it’ll be pretty tough to beat the outstanding 2016. Today we invite you to claim yours on Wine Access.

Wine Access Tasting Notes

Pours a youthful midnight purple color. Seductive aromas of blackberry, wild plums, and rose petals fill the air. Full of fine tannins that deliver structure to the supple fruit, the density brilliantly balanced by fresh acidity. Blueberry and loganberry flavors follow through the palate, picking up hints of fresh herbs, crème caramel, and pipe tobacco as they saunter toward an extended finish. A beautifully structured vintage of Silver Oak, destined to add complexity as it rests in the cellar—provided you can keep your hands off it. Drink now - 2038.

Oak Intensity
Fruit Intensity

Wine Facts

Food Pairings

red-meat hard-cheese
Alcohol by volume
13.8% alcohol by volume
30 mins decanting time
Serving temperature
60° F serving temperature
Drinking window
Now - 2038 drinking window
Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2016
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