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Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

The long, late growing season produced deeper, darker fruit than in past vintages. In the glass, the classic ruby color we love is joined by a hint of purple. The nose exhibits the high-toned floral notes we have made a hallmark while also showing plum, maraschino cherry, vanilla and Asian spice notes. On the palate the wine exhibits the balance we continue to strive for; nicely integrated tannins, crisp acidity and beautiful Walla Walla Valley fruit. The bright red fruit is married nicely this year with some darker fruit flavors. The finish lasts and lasts. This is a wine that will reward with some bottle age but, if you must dive in, please decant for a couple of hours to allow it to really shine. Makers Notes

Editorial Reviews for Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 10/14/2009

Classic aromas of light dill, and even oregano, enmeshed in slightly charry Marshmallow vanilla oak. Under that blanket there are balanced and promising notes of bell pepper tinged red cherry fruit. In the mouth his is smooth and velvety with a sweet, easy character and good length to the somewhat simple toasty, black cherry fruit. There's a bit of raspy tannin on the finish but nothing offensive. A solid, if small scaled, bottle of Cabernet. 87pts


Member Reviews for Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: Epicurean Hedonist
303324153
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 04/28/2012

The nose has rich currant and dried balckberry flovors. A rich mouthfeel of ripe blackberry and very ripe cherry. a bit hot on the finish but that quickly disapears and finishes long with saddle and leather notes.


Snooth User: Matt Walker
84279561,448
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 08/08/2011

Much improved over the '06 but still sadly over priced. Great structure and the tannins are riper in this vintage. Notes of currants and chocolate throughout. Still, there are much better Cabs out there for $60+ than this mass produced name.

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Snooth User: fmh0725
37294265
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 07/27/2012

One of my favorites. Always reliable and full-bodied Cabernet, and reasonably priced.


Snooth User: darrin guevara
97743024
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 11/24/2011

Wow! Taste and enjoy, you won't be disappointed.


Snooth User: Drummerhawk
23288714
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 12/03/2011

Still young, this Silver Oak will mellow over time. Strong flavors of black fruit and cedar, medium tannins and long finish. I'd suggest 2014 as the best time to pop one of these babies.


Snooth User: tjs0629
9298640
0.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/07/2011

Great wine


Snooth User: 111ImNumber1
822657194
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 06/23/2011

This is a good bottle of wine. It is not very good or excellent. It is not worth the $70. I would say this is a $20 bottle of wine. Flavors are hidden and just a little bit of tannin. For $70 you would be able to get much better wine. It is a bit one dimensional. I am 87 point on this effort. Happy drinking!


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External Reviews for Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
03/06/2015

Our 2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a vibrant, elegant expression of this classic appellation from a cooler vintage. It has a deep garnet color and an enticing nose of cassis liqueur, blueberry coulis, tobacco, tarragon and roasting coffee. The seamless palate starts with a berry-laden attack, follows with a full-bodied mid-palate, and ends with a long, savory finish with fine grained, well integrated tannins. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2031.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
07/06/2011

Two pack : Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley and Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

Bright ruby-red. Vibrant nose offers cassis, blackberry, Baker’s chocolate, minerals, violet and licorice. Polished on entry, then juicy and intense in the middle, offering pristine dark berry and spice flavors framed by penetrating acidity. Higher-pitched than the 2009; lovely cooler-year definition and energy here. Finishes with serious but fine-grained tannins and sneaky persistence. Potentially the best release yet from Doubleback, and balanced to age.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot that spent 20 months in 67% new French oak. Classic Cabernet on the nose, with gorgeous creme de cassis, raspberry ganache, lead pencil shavings and hints of flowers, it is rich, concentrated and decadent on the palate, yet has brilliant purity, a weightless, elegant texture and knockout polish to its tannin. Already approachable due to its balance and overall seamlessness, this full-bodied effort can be consumed now and over the coming 10–15 years. 2,000 cases made. Drink now–2025+.


External Review
12/12/2014

Because Silver Oak only produces Cabernet Sauvignon from California's two best Cabernet microclimates, their wines are consistently outstanding and complex, brimming with ripe cassis flavors, carefully seasoned with toasty new oak. Because of their long relationships with growers they are able to source the best possible fruit from prime vineyards throughout Alexander Valley. They make this wine with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and they age it in 100% American oak barrels, 50% new for 24 months. The Silver Oak signature of course is then aging the wine in bottle for a full 15 months before release, giving the time it needs to round out and come together, so when you pull the cork you can enjoy the full experience. This 2010 Alexander Valley bottling is full-bodied and ultra-ripe and may be one of their best ever. Supple, elegant and densely flavored. with ripe berry and dark cocoa nuances. Don't miss it.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/10/2014

This is a heavy-duty Cabernet, big in every way, with rich black cherry and cassis fruit, and dense, dark tannins. The long, slightly grainy finish reinforces the impression of raw power, yet the wine retains perfect proportion and is nicely differentiated from the other 2010s crafted by winemaker Chris Figgins.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/21/2014

87% cabernet sauvignon and the balance merlot aged in two-thirds new French oak for twenty months. Inky core to a hazy purple rim. The nose is reticent at this stage with hints of juicy black cherry and chocolate. On the palate it is very rich and seamless but retains piercing acidity that helps the whole thing stay vibrant. Very rewarding and enjoyable now this has a finish that won't quit. It just needs some time in the cellar to get all the parts together. Revisit in 2015 and enjoy for the following decade or more. Ryan Moses.


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The long, late growing season produced deeper, darker fruit than in past vintages. In the glass, the classic ruby color we love is joined by a hint of purple. The nose exhibits the high-toned floral notes we have made a hallmark while also showing plum, maraschino cherry, vanilla and Asian spice notes. On the palate the wine exhibits the balance we continue to strive for; nicely integrated tannins, crisp acidity and beautiful Walla Walla Valley fruit. The bright red fruit is married nicely this year with some darker fruit flavors. The finish lasts and lasts. This is a wine that will reward with some bottle age but, if you must dive in, please decant for a couple of hours to allow it to really shine. Makers Notes

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