Silver Oak Cellars
Started in 1972 by Ray Duncan, this high-end winery, producing only cabernet sauvignon, is actually split between two separate locations. The Alexander Valley facility in the small town of Healdsburg produces a less expensive, lighter wine; while the Napa Valley address ages the wine an additional year, offering subtle complexity and wisps of vanilla. Overseeing both sites, winemaker Nate Weis utilizes American oak barrels to inhibit extraneous tannins. In 2006, the Napa winery experienced a devastating fire, but has since been rebuilt with the use of stones from a Kansas building originally constructed in 1894, with an overall castle-like aesthetic.