Our selection is a joint venture between Silenus Vintners and Paul Segas, an experienced grape grower whose grapes are used by Chateau Montelena, Robert Mondavi, and Joseph Phelps. Silenus Vintner's first planted grapes in the Oak Knoll district in 1968. It had originally been a walnut orchard, but by then wine was making more noise than nuts.
Scott Meadows purchased the property in 2007 converted the winery into a custom crush facility to help share the cost of production among several different winemakers. This concept is how most of the wine in Europe is crafted, but it is now just taking hold here. Oak Knoll is a perfect convergence of growing conditions. It boasts the mildest climate in Napa Valley, alluvial soils that provide the right balance of nutrients, and the longest growing season. This perfect storm results in full and complex development in the grapes. The result is a lush, balanced, and deeply rich wine.
Their commitment to quality is as strong as their commitment to the land. In 1993 the property began the slow transition to organic farming and sustainability. Scott and his crew have carried on that goal and we applaud them. They only produce wine from their vineyard making it truly estate. In this case the blend is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot. The intricate style they embrace sees to it that only the finest grapes are used. This results in a rich plethora of black plum, anise, and cassis with a long, engaging finish to match lamb sausages or a seared tri-tip lathered in garlic.