Like many a wine drinker, enthusiast or snob, I too have the preponderance of going to certain wineries for their wine year after year. Usually, in my case, I do try to either try the wine first or rely on a review or two to make sure it's what I am hoping for.
This time I found myself buying a wine before trying AND before any professional, or otherwise, reviews have come out. I don't normally do that as there can be vintage differences that make the wine, shall we say different. That can go either way, for better or for worse. Now where I have heard that phrase before???
In this particular case, it is a wine I have had for the last 3 vintages (2012, 2013 and 2014). In all three cases, this wine has shown remarkable consistency. Robert Parker gave the three vintages 95, 95 and 94. I'd say that constitutes a level of consistency. So when the 2015 vintage was offered, I couldn't resist. From the comments that I have read about the 2015 vintage, it should stand as another outstanding vintage in the Napa Valley.
So I plunk down a good portion of my Social Security check and buy some. Now I was firmly committed to allowing the wine to rest and age for a couple of years before I opened or tried a bottle. But sometimes things just fall into place.
I get a call from the distributor of the wine and he asks if I could do a wine tasting for him at a local shop. It's close by, so I said sure. A couple days before the tasting, he sends me the list of wines I'm to pour. He has some great wines in his lineup so I could see he chose some excellent wines to pour. In the original list, the email to the wine shop indicated a certain wine. At the end of the email, he tells me that this one wine is being removed and to my surprise, I see the
Venge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Silenciuex 2015
The wine I had just purchased a week earlier. Here it is, a wine I am going to pour and to allow me to try without opening or waiting years. I was ecstatic! If you think I was happy just seeing the wine on my pour list, you should have seen me that night when I got to the wine shop and opened the wine. Kid in a candy store about sums it up. I pour, I swirl, I sniff. Everything I had hoped for so far in that glass right in front of me. Only one last thing to do; TASTE. Well, one really last thing; swallow. Remember I never spit.
It's young, it's tight but all of the nuances that I remember from the previous vintages are still there. Time open or aged in the bottle will only make this wine more beautiful. Now I can let it age gracefully and know that I will be rewarded in the future. More reminiscent of the 2013, Robert Parker had this to say about the 2013: "Deep ruby/purple with a seamless integration of oak, alcohol, wood and tannin, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Silencieux is a smoothly textured, dense ruby/purple-colored wine with enormous fruit extract, loads of blueberry and blackberry notes, a touch of oak and charcoal. It's full-bodied, opulent." Pretty good review of 2015 as well. Going out on a limb here, but I would easily give 2015 a 95 rating.
So what will a bottle of this classic Napa Cabernet cost? This particular warehouse wine shop has it for $58. Honestly, I don't think you'll get it for much less, that is if it's even available. Ever since 2012 this wine usually sells out very quickly. The wine shop did mention they got a pretty good quantity of the wine, although the winery only makes a certain amount each year and doesn't vary too much, so maybe it won't sell out right away, but should scores come out that resemble previous vintages, I wouldn't expect it to last.
If you're a fan of big Napa Cabs, do yourself a favor and pick some up and lay some down. Oh, and by the way, EVERYONE at the tasting that tried it, loved it....