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Silver Oak

Updated: Jan 12, 2023

Key Info

  • Iconic. Cult Status. American Wine Institution.

  • Established in 1972.

  • A standard of California Cabernet.

  • One of the top selling wines people order at restaurants.

  • Most people think Napa Valley when they hear Silver Oak.

  • Silver Oak does make famous Napa Valley Cab.

  • It’s important to note that…

  • a 1977 Silver Oak, ALEXANDER VALLEY CAB, came out BEFORE the winery ever produced a Napa cabernet.

  • Alexander Valley wine makes up the MAJORITY of Silver Oak’s 103,000 case production.

  • As of 2018, Silver Oak has a new state-of-the-art winery property on the outskirts of Healdsburg.

  • Located in Alexander Valley.

  • Open daily from 9:00am-5:00pm.

  • Walk-in tastings ok.

  • Tasting fee is $20 per person for three pours.

  • $10 (of the tasting fee) can be applied towards wine purchase.

  • Make an appointment for a $40 seated tasting of four cabs.

  • Also be sure to checkout the:

  • Food & Wine Pairing Tour

  • The Private Tour and Tasting

  • The Silver Tour and Taste

  • All offer an in depth tasting experience.

  • Silver Oak Cabs are food friendly and drinkable upon release.

  • I went home with my first over $100 bottle of wine!

  • The 2008 Alexander Valley Cabernet blew me away.

  • Wines range from $80-$160+


You May Not Know

  • Most high-end California wineries use FRENCH OAK barrels.

  • French Oak tends to taste of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and exotic spices.

  • Silver Oak is well known for aging their cab in AMERICAN OAK.

  • American Oak tends to add tastes of vanilla, sweeter notes, and coconut.

  • In 2015 Silver Oak became the first North American Winery to own and operate their very own American Oak cooperage.

  • This means Silver Oak controls the aging and toasting quality of their OWN American Oak barrels.

  • The brand new Alexander Valley tasting room is expected to be the most environmentally friendly winery built in California.

  • Committed to being the first 100% zero net energy and zero net water commercial winery.

  • Silver Oak in Napa became the first commercial production winery in the world to earn:

  • LEED platinum certification.

  • This certification is the U.S. Green Building Council’s HIGHEST level of recognition.

  • The Alexander Valley tasting room is on it’s way to LEED Certification as well.

  • Called the WINERY OF THE FUTURE!

  • 2,000 solar panels.

  • Every drop of water gets used three times on the property.

  • If you compare Silver Oak’s Napa Valley cab with the Alexander Valley cab…

  • Alexander Valley is the more restrained of the two.

  • Alexander Valley Cab uses 50% new oak as opposed to Napa’s 90%

Sheila’s Recommendation

  • Don’t be alarmed when you use the Silver Oak restroom.

  • At first I went in and saw brownish toilette water.

  • I thought, hmmmmmm someone forgot to flush.

  • I flushed a couple of times.

  • The brown color did not budge.

  • Yuck!

  • Later, I realized this was part of Silver Oak’s eco friendly system.

  • I highly recommend coming here to see the architecture and environmentally friendly design.

  • Your stress will slip away as the minimalistic approach to architectural design calms your soul.

  • Also, the vineyard views are among the most spectacular I’ve seen.

  • Book a tour that gets you into the Cellar!

  • The library of wines surrounds you from floor to ceiling.

  • A massive Basalt Rock shipped from Washington State sits in the center of the cellar.

  • Just touching this powerful rock will infuse you with mother nature’s magical properties.

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