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Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Ripe plummy fruit with tell-tale dill and coconut from American oak. A good Silver Oak but it is what it is. Not worth the premium when there are somany good Napa cabs.
Silver Oak has always been one of my favorites. This bottle gave us a bit of trouble. We opened it on New year's Eve 2008 and uncorked, it smelled of tight, overripe zinfandel. In the glass, it was stringent and peppery, again tasting more like an old vine zinfandel. We decided to give it an hour or so in the decanter and left our glasses to breathe as well. Once we came back to it 1.5 to 2 hrs later, the Silver Oak I know and adore had shone through a bit more. Not the best I have had from them, but solid. Perhaps we opened it a couple years too soon. If you get this and plan to open now, decant it for at least an hour.
Thoroughly enjoyed this wine last night with a grilled ribeye steak and grilled sweet potatoes. Decanted for about an hour and the nose was intoxicating! Dark bramble fruit and chocolate kept my nose in the glass. Balanced wine with bramble fruit and chocolate carrying through with a little spice, and good tannins for a long finish. Parker gave it 92 points. This is the only Silver Oak I've ever had, so I can't really compare to other vintages, but I thought this was delicious!
Great cab. opened up nicely.
This was a great wine which I tasted in Aug 2008. I decanted the wine for an hour, but estimate that I could have decanted at least another hour.
The color is dark, deep red, darker than ruby. Very elegant! The nose is full of maple, light fruit and has moderate tannins. The initial taste is moderately sharp, light fruit and lingers in the throat. The follow-through lingers in the throatm but fades quickly and has no mouth coat. I suggest that this wine pairs well with pork chops, mushrooms and rib-eye steaks.
One of the best I've tasted.
External Reviews for Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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. This Alexander Valley bottling is full-bodied and ultra-ripe. Wine & Spirits Magazine scored it 92 points saying "A classic Alexander Valley cabernet, this is dark and cedary, and as smooth as velvet. The tannins last, built on black cherry-skin flavor and earthy, root-vegetable notes. With time, that black cherry flavor should become more prominent, balancing the wine's earthy complexities. Drink this over the next several years with anything meaty, from duck and game birds to steak." Grab it now while it's ON SALE! This item excluded from any other discounts or offers beyond the 15% case discount.
The Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is more limited in availability than the Alexander Valley but there are now close to 33 000 cases being produced. The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (32 000 cases of a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon 11% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot) may turn out to be the finest since the mid-1990s. A big sweet nose of creme de cassis licorice smoke hickory barbecue spices and cherries jumps from the glass of this dark plum/ruby/purple-colored wine. Expansive full-bodied and voluptuous with opulent texture this is a juicy fleshy Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 12-14 years. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
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. This Alexander Valley bottling is full-bodied and ultra-ripe. This item excluded from XTYPAK and any other discounts or offers beyond the 15% case discount.
The Alexander Valley cuvee is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in new oak. The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley offers abundant quantities of spice, vanillin, cedar, herbs, and smoke, soft, round, creamy-textured flavors, good black cherry and currant notes, and a spicy, medium-bodied, easy-going personality. Enjoy it over the next 7-10 years.
2002 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an opulent wine of great depth and concentration. It displays a dark, garnet color and aromas of black plum, cassis liqueur, rose petals, nutmeg and sandalwood. The palate offers a mouth-coating texture and a
Good deep red-ruby. Dark berries, black cherry and licorice on the nose, with a less exaggerated oak element despite the fact that this was aged in 95% new American barrels. Not particularly sweet, but the mid-palate offers better grip and lift than the 2004, with laid-back flavors of currant, plum and tobacco leaf. Finishes with substantial, slightly dry tannins and good persistence. Incidentally, the production of this wine was increased in the early part of this decade and is now in the 75,000 case range.
Not surprisingly, my favorite Napa bottling is the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and a dollop of Petit Verdot. Aromas of olive-tinged, creme de cassis intermixed with sweet vanillin and smoky oak lead to a sweet, chunky, ripe, cedary wine with an attractive texture, an expansive, fruit-forward style, and a spicy finish. It should drink well for 10-12 years.