Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
This iconic red is easily able to handle hearty red meats, steaks and game. We love it with a big, fat Porterhouse, grilled to perfection. Pour on a generous spoonful of Bearnaise sauce made with lots of pepper. The butter of the Bearnaise will be a great balance for this super rich Cabernet, and the pepper will marry with its tannins like a pro. Saute some dark mushrooms and toss them with wild rice as an accompaniment. They will work beautifully with the cedar and roasted coffee nuances of the wine. Another delicious option is a Spanish lamb ragout with roasted sweet peppers. The dark red fruit of the wine pairs beautifully with the luxurious sweetness of the tomato in the ragout. While you're thinking about what's on the menu, put out a small bowl of toasted pistachios to go with your first glass or two. They will pick up on the gentle earthiness in this Napa Valley Cabernet. You might also think about having them as a crust on a piece of tuna if you decide to go to the lighter side of meats. If your sweet tooth is calling you, luxuriate in the long, concentrated finish of this Cabernet with a generous spoonful of bittersweet chocolate gelato sandwiched between two espresso meringues. Winery:
"Deep ruby in color, our 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an opulent wine with notes of cassis, ripe raspberry, toasted coconut and shiitake mushroom. This wine has a rich entry, depth through the mid-palate, great structure without being heavy and exceptional length on the finish. Fresh cherry flavors balanced with floral notes and a subtle hint of black pepper add a beautiful complexity. Plush tannins lend to its ageworthiness. Given proper cellaring conditions, this wine will show beautifully through 2040.
78.9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3.5% Cabernet Franc, 2.3% Petit Verdot and 0.3% Malbec
||24 months in 85% new and 15% once-filled barrels
||Napa Valley, California