A very unique winery crafts our Tyros selection in the Oak Knoll district of Napa, Silenus. It is the brainchild of Scott Meadows, a University of Utah grad who worked in Tokyo, creating language learning software for Apple. Wine was becoming very popular, and when he had his first glass of Chateau Latour, it was game over. He now wanted to speak the language of wine.
He moved to Napa in 2001 and eventually founded Silenus. Because of his background and learning from place to place on how to make wine, he decided to create one for others. So, though Silenus makes its own wine, they invite others to share in, learning, and producing as well, a joint effort. It's similar to a coop, except with more interaction between those involved.
This brings us to Tyros. It is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot. The grapes came from three separate vineyards in Napa, all with their own personal imprint on the wine. After fermentation, the wine was aged for 28 months in French oak barrels, 50% of which were new.
Aging in oak does two things. It adds a spice and vanilla dimension, but if overdone it can add too much and obscure the flavor. That's why only 50% was new. It also reduces the alcohol because alcohol evaporates quicker than water. By doing so, it allows the wine to age more gracefully. Try with a venison loin in a tart cranberry sauce and enjoy!