The Silenus Estate Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our estate vineyard located in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley (OKD). The OKD is one of the most diverse growing regions in the Napa Valley. The close proximity to the San Pablo Bay provides the fruit with warm days and cool nights. It has a perfect convergence of growing conditions, the mildest climate in the Napa Valley, alluvial fan soils that provide the right balance of nutrients and stress, and the longest growing season, about 8 months, that results in full and complex flavor development in the grapes. Silenus’ estate vineyard is located on the alluvial fan soils and is bounded on the North by Dry Creek. This location allows a touch more warmth than other areas of OKD. The result is a lush, balanced and profound wine. The wine was aged in 60% new French Oak and 5% new American oak for 21 months.
Our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep ruby color with bright aromas of black cherries, red plum and hints of dark rose petals and vanilla spice. The wine is elegant and balanced with rich flavors of pomegranate, plum and deeply ripened wild berries followed by lingering notes of French oak and soft, supple tannins. The finish is lush, silky and smooth while maintaining its balanced red fruit and soft tannins to the very end. This is a youthful yet classically well-balanced Oak Knoll District Cabernet Sauvignon that can be enjoyed and appreciated now but will continue to carry on and mature throughout the next 10-15 years.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Silenus Estate Vineyard, Oak Knoll District. Clones 15, 337 and 4.
Harvest dates: October 11, 14 & 15, 2019
Bottling date: August 5, 2021
Bottle size: 750 mL
Titratable Acidity: 5.69 g/L
James Suckling – 92 points
Jeb Dunnuck – 90 points