Venge Vineyards 2016 Silencieux Cabernet Sauvignon
It's no secret that we at Taylor's and our customers love the wines of Kirk and Nils Venge that the father and son team make at Venge Vineyards. They're such a big hit around here, that no one in the state sells more Venge wine than Taylor's so we get the largest allocations of anyone. But there still isn't enough to go around and fulfill demand for these amazing wines. Their Silencieux Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is one of our most requested Cabernet Sauvignon (we can't say it's our best seller since there simply isn't enough of it) and the highly anticipated 2016 version has just arrived.
Winemaker's Notes - "100% gravity flow was deployed in the production of this wine. The fruit was hand-picked and gently processed using our state-of-the-art Pellenc sorting and destemming system, producing what we describe as “fruit caviar.” The pristine, whole berries were moved via elevator belt into a combination of small stainless steel, concrete tank fermenters, and open-top barriques. Time on skins lasted 15 to 30 days. The fruit was then separated to “free run” and “light press” fractions. The finished wine was aged in 65% new, tight grained, French Oak barrels for 18 months. 100% native, spontaneous yeast, and malolactic fermentations were also key ingredients in the making of this wine. The gentle use of gravity flow winemaking, whenever possible, is carefully exercised throughout the making of this and every Venge wine. Bottled unfiltered."
Silencieux offers up baked blackberries and mulberries on the nose with stewed plums, sautéed herbs, damp soil and tree bark plus a waft of unsmoked cigars. Medium to full-bodied, it's rounded and soft in the mouth with plenty of juicy fruit and good persistence.