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Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

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The 2002 Alexander Valley has a very dark garnet color and a nose of blackberry liqueur, violets, rose petals and spice. It is extremely rich and concentrated and has great depth and integration of tannin. This wine will continue to improve through 2028 given proper cellaring.

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Silver Oak Cellars:
We pride ourselves on making one varietal that is food-friendly and deliciously drinkable upon release. Our story begins in the early 1970’s when Ray Duncan befriended winegrower Justin Meyer. The two formed a partnership and co-founded Silver Oak Cellars in 1972 with the bold vision of producing only Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, under the leadership of Ray’s sons David and Tim and... Read more
We pride ourselves on making one varietal that is food-friendly and deliciously drinkable upon release. Our story begins in the early 1970’s when Ray Duncan befriended winegrower Justin Meyer. The two formed a partnership and co-founded Silver Oak Cellars in 1972 with the bold vision of producing only Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, under the leadership of Ray’s sons David and Tim and Director of Winemaking Daniel Baron, we produce two wines: our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Silver Oak’s unwavering focus on making exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon enables us to continually improve and refine our craft. Each of our two estates – one in Napa Valley and the other in Alexander Valley – is dedicated to producing a single wine. These two Cabernet Sauvignons consistently reflect the very best of their appellations. Our estate vineyards are ideally situated to provide optimal growing conditions for our Cabernet Sauvignon. We also work closely with top independent growers throughout the Napa and Alexander Valleys to ensure a reliable source of excellent fruit. We complement this fruit with grapes from top independent growers throughout both appellations, giving our winemaking team the flexibility they need to realize the full potential of each Silver Oak vintage. Tasting Room Tasting rooms at both of our estates are open Monday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm.  We are closed  some holidays. Read less

Member Reviews for Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: Barberolo
721003,140
2.00 5
05/19/2008

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.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.00 5
06/21/2009

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.


Snooth User: cookypuss1
43950994
4.50 5
09/17/2009

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!


Snooth User: runningbear
43154612
4.50 5
03/23/2013

Great cab. opened up nicely.


Snooth User: hipped1
81191189
5.00 5
09/16/2008

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.


Snooth User: coryhwhite357
135358180
4.00 5
05/25/2010

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.


Snooth User: Rlk53
698202129
4.50 5
04/25/2011

One of the best I've tasted.


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External Reviews for Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
01/29/2009

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


External Review
09/30/2010

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% Caberne... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2002 Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 750ml


External Review
10/24/2011

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.


External Review
05/15/2010

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.


External Review
11/14/2013

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.


External Review
04/18/2012

The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is richer and fuller bodied than the 2001, with a more muscular structural overlay. Less evolved and not displaying the pungent, spicy notes of the 2001, it offers loads of new oak, cassis, dried herb, chocolate, and fruit... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2002 Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 750ml


External Review
09/22/2010

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 ... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2005 Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 750ml


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The 2002 Alexander Valley has a very dark garnet color and a nose of blackberry liqueur, violets, rose petals and spice. It is extremely rich and concentrated and has great depth and integration of tannin. This wine will continue to improve through 2028 given proper cellaring.

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