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Snooth User: czarina908

Silver Oak '95 Vintage

Posted by czarina908, Jul 18, 2014.

My sister "lent" me a bottle of Silver Oak '95 Cab.  It's been carefully cellared, but at nearly 20 years old, I fear it may soon be past its peak.  It's her bottle but it's in my cellar for 8 months now. She's in CA, I'm in NJ and won't see her for a few months at least.  When should I open this lovely bottle?


Reply by Really Big Al, Jul 19, 2014.

Tonight obviously.  Some things just can't wait and I love the Silver Oak wines.

Reply by EMark, Jul 19, 2014.

Czarina, I really don't want to get in between you and your sister, here.  When you say that your sister "lent" it to you, to me that means that you have current custody of it, but she is expecting it back.

Enough of my ethical stress.

Silver Oak had two bottlings of 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon--Alexander Valley and Napa Valley.  If you look at the label you should be able to quickly determine which one you have.  Some quick internet searching led me to the opinion that the drinking window for the Alexander Valley one is 2000-2012 and the drinking window for the Napa Valley one is 2001-2013.  Now, in reality "drinking windows" are opinions.  They may (or may not) be informed opinions, but they are not cast in stone.  The fact that this bottle has been "carefully cellared" is good.  However, we do not know the condition of the cork.  More than likely it is good, but the most careful cellaring can be defeated by a cork that was faulty the day it was inserted.

Silver Oak wines can be consumed the day they are bought.  More than likely the one you have would be very good if you opened it up tonight.  The prevailing internet opinion is that it does not have much more future potential.

Now, if you tell your sister that I told her to drink it, I am going to be very disappointed. I heard Al tell you to drink it.

Reply by czarina908, Jul 19, 2014.

Thanks for your feedback, Al and EMark, and confirming my gut feeling.  It's an Alexander Valley bottle.  My sister had 2 bottles originally., both Alexander Valley.  Bottle #1 we drank nearly a year ago -- in September 2013 after 1 hour of breathing time in a carafe -- and it tasted glorious.  Still, I'm concerned that the clock is ticking on the remaining bottle and it's time to just open and enjoy it with a superb meal. 

Reply by Really Big Al, Jul 19, 2014.

Did you drink it yet?  Time is running out.  Do it now.


Reply by GregT, Jul 23, 2014.

If you're storing it somewhere out of the sun and heat, it will be fine. 1995 is not that long ago. I have a lot of wine from that year and I'm in no hurry to drink them. Silver Oak can stay around for a lot longer. Just keep it somewhere cool and open it when you have a nice dinner ready.

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