Silver Oak Winery By The Raymond T. Duncan

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Silver Oak Winery

The Silver Oak Winery was established in 1972 by the Raymond T. Duncan and a friend, Justin Meyer in the Napa Valley Region in California. Undoubtedly Duncan had always possessed an affinity for the Napa Valley Region and he held a goal of establishing a winery in this charming area of California. Because Duncan enjoyed no viticulture experience of his own, he relied on his friend Justin to plant and manage the vineyards. ("Our Story.") Although the Napa Valley is small in nature with a length of around thirty miles long and only a few miles wide in distance, the valley is replete with numerous diverse microclimates and soil types which leads to the cultivation of a variety of high quality wine grapes. Many wines that are grown in this area include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir. Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Merlot. Napa Valley enjoys a dry Mediterranean climate which allows for a high quality of premium grapes. ("Napa Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA).") Raymond and Justin conceived a unique idea for their winery. Rather than producing multiple varietals, they would focus on a single wine – Cabernet Sauvignon. Specifically, their goal was to produce a delicious wine from the genesis and to achieve this goal, they committed to an extensive aging program of twenty-five months in American oak barrels, and fifteen-twenty months of cellaring in a bottle. ("Our Story.") As a result, the first harvest from Silver Oak’s Alexander…

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