This historic Oakville
vineyard was the only thing Justin Meyer kept when he sold his interest in
Silver Oak. And the 2012 vintage looks to be one of its all-time greats.
It would not have been overstating
the fact that 2012 is the most anticipated vintage of the decade. 2010 had a
slight heat spell just before harvest, 2011 had rain toward the end of vintage,
and if you believe the hype, 2012 was nothing short of perfection. It was an absolute
joy bringing these grapes into the winery. Not only was it impossible to find a
bad berry among the fruit we picked, but the temperatures into autumn were decidedly
cool, allowing us to harvest all the grapes at the optimum time.
Like the great old Silver Oaks, it
was aged for 34 months in 100% new American oak. And like the great Cabs of the
1970s, it’s only 13.2% alcohol. As the winery says, “it will drink well into
the 2020s but it will equally impress tonight.”