Venge Vineyards

Silencieux Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.328 ratings
9.36 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Steven Gullo

Loads of black fruit, cassis. Some herbal, smoky tones in the background. Ripe slightly dusty, and gripping tannins. Awesome wine.

Loads of black fruit, cassis. Some herbal, smoky tones in the background. Ripe slightly dusty, and gripping tannins. Awesome wine.

Jan 29th, 2019
Ron R
9.5

Opened this last night, and will compliment the tomahawk steak perfectly.
Such a great pour for the money. So well behaved and focused on the nose and palate. Why pour Bone Ash when this is outstanding?
Picture by wifey 😍

Opened this last night, and will compliment the tomahawk steak perfectly.
Such a great pour for the money. So well behaved and focused on the nose and palate. Why pour Bone Ash when this is outstanding?
Picture by wifey 😍

1 person found it helpfulMay 12th, 2019
Ron R
9.4

We forgot to post this last night... this vintage is also excellent from Venge. It has a rich, extravagant nose, combined with a plush, textured palate. The black fruits are so ripe, they ooze from the glass. Pristine tannins are joined by taught acidity - a perfect combination. Loads of minerality, similar to gravel, but in a good way. Finishes with cherry jam, hints of rhubarb and coffee grinds. Very complex and worth every bean.

We forgot to post this last night... this vintage is also excellent from Venge. It has a rich, extravagant nose, combined with a plush, textured palate. The black fruits are so ripe, they ooze from the glass. Pristine tannins are joined by taught acidity - a perfect combination. Loads of minerality, similar to gravel, but in a good way. Finishes with cherry jam, hints of rhubarb and coffee grinds. Very complex and worth every bean.

1 person found it helpfulApr 29th, 2019
Ron R
9.4

This is excellent on so many levels. Kirk Venge can do no wrong.

This is excellent on so many levels. Kirk Venge can do no wrong.

1 person found it helpfulApr 19th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

The 2016 Silencieux is; 96% Cabernet 2% Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot.

The nose reveals softness. Ripe, floral, fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, black sugar plum & some dark cherries. Black licorice, anise, vanilla, light clove, some spice, leather, sandstone, dark & purple flowers, violets and lavender.

The palate is medium, rich and lush round. So easy to drink now. Such freshness. Ruby, floral fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, black sugar plum & some dark cherries. Black licorice, anise, vanilla, light clove & cinnamon, dark spice with heat, leather, black rich soil, clay, sandstone, crushed rocks, dark & purple flowers, violets and lavender. Just a shade of hot alcohol. The acidity is round and beautiful. The rich, lush, polished, elegantly feminine finish is beautiful and persists minutes.

Photos of; the tasting room building, their Cabernet grapes, tasting room and Estate vines.

The 2016 Silencieux is; 96% Cabernet 2% Cabernet Franc & Petit Verdot.

The nose reveals softness. Ripe, floral, fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, black sugar plum & some dark cherries. Black licorice, anise, vanilla, light clove, some spice, leather, sandstone, dark & purple flowers, violets and lavender.

The palate is medium, rich and lush round. So easy to drink now. Such freshness. Ruby, floral fruits of; blackberries, black raspberries, black sugar plum & some dark cherries. Black licorice, anise, vanilla, light clove & cinnamon, dark spice with heat, leather, black rich soil, clay, sandstone, crushed rocks, dark & purple flowers, violets and lavender. Just a shade of hot alcohol. The acidity is round and beautiful. The rich, lush, polished, elegantly feminine finish is beautiful and persists minutes.

Photos of; the tasting room building, their Cabernet grapes, tasting room and Estate vines.

1 person found it helpfulJan 29th, 2019
Bob Schroeck

Vintage 2016; drank with neighbors on 1/17/2020

Vintage 2016; drank with neighbors on 1/17/2020

Jan 18th, 2020
Dawn E.

Absolutely delicious! Luscious black fruit..cassis...smoke... dark chocolate...tootsie roll...expresso...smooth tannins..balanced acidity! Ninety min decant...this wine will give you a big smile! 😁
QPR this is a steal...not wanting to take my nose out of the glass!!

Absolutely delicious! Luscious black fruit..cassis...smoke... dark chocolate...tootsie roll...expresso...smooth tannins..balanced acidity! Ninety min decant...this wine will give you a big smile! 😁
QPR this is a steal...not wanting to take my nose out of the glass!!

Oct 11th, 2019
Paul T- Huntington Beach

@Ellen Clifford , you are correct. No mas habanero🤷🏼‍♂️

@Ellen Clifford , you are correct. No mas habanero🤷🏼‍♂️

Aug 29th, 2019
Ryan Vento

A robust, luscious, and voluptuous Cab with suave tannins and lovely acidity. Mocha, cedar, coffee grounds, blackberries, succulent plums, sage, Luxardo liqueur, and trace amounts of menthol. First exposure to this producer. Won’t be the last.

A robust, luscious, and voluptuous Cab with suave tannins and lovely acidity. Mocha, cedar, coffee grounds, blackberries, succulent plums, sage, Luxardo liqueur, and trace amounts of menthol. First exposure to this producer. Won’t be the last.

Jul 28th, 2019