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Silver Oak Cellars in Healdsburg

By Published On: September 27th, 2023

This family-owned winery showcases grapes from the Napa and Alexander Valleys in their celebrated Cabernet Sauvignon wines
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Widely known and respected for their prized Cabernet Sauvignons, Silver Oak has achieved cult status among wine lovers around the world. Since its founding in 1972, Silver Oak has been committed to aging their wines in American oak barrels and focused on creating age worthy wines of the highest quality.

Family owned, with devotion to the environment as well as to their wines, Silver Oak produces Cabernet Sauvignons from grapes grown in their Napa Valley and Alexander Valley vineyards.

Visiting the Silver Oak Alexander Valley Winery

The Healdsburg winery welcomes guests for tastings in their barn-inspired tasting room adjacent to the iconic Silver Oak water tower depicted on their wines’ labels.

Silver Oak Winery and vineyard.
Winery and vineyard. Photo Courtesy: Silver Oak Cellars.

The one-hour Silver Oak Tasting for six or fewer guests includes three wines: current release Napa Valley and Alexander Valley Cabernets plus one older vintage.

With the Silver Oak/Twomey Tasting, guests experience four red wines that include current releases of Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignons and two Twomey Pinot Noirs. 

In the Vertical Tasting, guests experience Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignons from six different vintages, ending with the current vintage.

Guests enjoy Silver Oak wines in tasting room.
Guests enjoy wine tasting experience. Photo Courtesy: Silver Oak Cellars.

The Napa and Alexander Valley Comparative tasting includes four Cabernet Sauvignons from current and library vintages, comparing Napa Valley and Alexander Valley wines.

The Silver Tasting and Tour is a one and a half hour experience that includes a guided communal tour of the vineyard and production facility. Guests return to the tasting room and finish in The Library, tasting three Cabernet Sauvignons from Alexander Valley and Napa Valley. The experience is designed for parties of two to six, and it is available for groups of eight to sixteen guests with advance arrangements.

Available Monday – Thursday at 10:30 am, private group tastings and tours are available with prepaid reservations. Groups of eight to sixteen are taken on a guided tour of the winery production area and cellar while tasting current release Napa Valley and Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignons.

The Wines of Silver Oak

Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the product of grapes from several Napa Valley vineyards, represents the diversity of the valley’s soil, microclimates, and geography. Aged for 24 months in barrel and up to 24 months in bottle, the wine exhibit “ultra-classic notes of cassis and blackberry.”

Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from grapes grown in Sonoma County vineyards. Aged in both new and used American oak barrels for 24 months and 18 months in bottle, the wine “displays more savory aromas when compared to the ripe, opulent notes characteristic of the warmer Napa Valley.”

Sustainability and Farming

Silver Oak’s grapes are grown in a variety of vineyards encompassing more than 400 acres in the Napa and Alexander Valleys. Their commitment to sustainability is based on appreciation of natural resources as well as the effect of responsible farming on the quality of their wines.

The Silver Oak wineries in both Napa Valley and Alexander Valley are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Certified, and in 2020, the Healdsburg facility became a certified Living Building.

Silver Oak employs the latest technologies to manage water use, irrigation, and energy efficiency, including solar panels, LED lighting, and EV charging stations. The construction of wineries in Oakville and Healdsburg made use of salvaged and reclaimed building materials, and care was taken to eliminate harmful chemicals in paint, flooring, and furnishings.

Visitors are welcome to taste Silver Oak Cabernets by reservation only, and groups are limited to a maximum of six. Guests must be at least 21 years of age except for designated drivers ages 16-20. Pets are not permitted, except for certified service animals with credentials. Guests at seated tastings are welcome to add optional local provisions, including cheese and charcuterie, curated by the Silver Oak Culinary Team.

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