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Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon beautifully expresses the full aromatic ripeness of this exemplary vintage. It is full bodied and yet refined, and consistent in its color, aroma, palate and finish. It has a dark garnet color and a nose of black cherry, clove, cinnamon, lavender and licorice. It is seamless on the palate with a solid core of berry fruit, velvety tannins and excellent length. With proper cellaring it should give drinking pleasure through 2032.

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

Editorial Reviews for Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
3.50 5
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


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Snooth User: wine national
147967112
3.50 5
10/15/2009

Silver Oak wines are supple, fruitful and deliver richness wrapped in good American oak. Critics suggest that because of its 65,000 plus case production the wine no longer merits cult status or the premium price it once fetched. I will agree that the label might not be a cult must, but it still delivers a great glass of wine; delicious and vibrant with pretty mocha cassis, plum and oak. While it's not an over-achiever in its class, it is correct and sound, and deserves better grades; after all it is Silver Oak...


Snooth User: Salmanazar138
6899152
4.00 5
05/04/2008

We had this at Acme steakhouse in San Francisco.


4.00 5
09/22/2011

Cedar, oak and herb on the nose, with maybe some savory notes of black olive. Full of clean ripe fruit - fairly mellow at 6 years old but still a little spicy. Deep and dark, with great balance of fruit and leather, good tannic structure and a fine, chocolatey finish.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.50 5
09/20/2011

Lots of oak and tobacco in the nose, kind of smells like an old man's den. Reasonable attack with a fairly mild body compared to the nose, very dry midpalate, with some volatile kiwi/banana aromas that come out in the back.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
4.00 5
08/25/2010

Lots of oak giving the wine vanilla and dill notes. Dried cherry fruits dominate. Dry, dusty, finish with strong cedar notes.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
3.50 5
05/03/2010

Very fruit forward and jammy. Still fairly tannic. - Tasted at winery 4/21/10


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
05/03/2010

Nicely balanced and well rounded. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice. - Tasted at winery 4/21/10


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External Reviews for Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

91 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine CellarGood deep red-ruby. Musky aromas of cassis, licorice, game, tobacco leaf and subtle brown spices. Velvety-sweet and deep, with hints of tobacco


External Review
04/04/2011

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


External Review
09/08/2010

Silver Oak is the standard bearer for Napa Valley Cab. 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 2005 Napa Valley bottling is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot aged 25 months in new American oak barrels. An additional 20 months aging in bottle bring integration ans elegance to this full throttled red. One of their best in some time. Don't miss the chance to enjoy a true Napa Valley icon. ON SALE.


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/28/2010

91 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar"Good deep red-ruby. Musky aromas of cassis, licorice, game, tobacco leaf and subtle brown spices. Velvety-sweet and deep, with hints of tobacco leaf, mint and herbs giving definition to the middle palate. Nicely bright but youthfully tight wine, finishing with broad tannins. Carrying a moderate 13.5% alcohol. Still tight, but then this won't be released until next winter. Incidentally, following Silver Oak's purchase of a vineyard in Soda Canyon in 1999, this wine now relies less on contract fruit." -May/Jun 09


External Review
01/10/2013

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 wineandrsquo;s earthy complexities. Drink this over the next several years with anything meaty, from duck and game birds to steak. (Wandamp;S, 2/10) Silver Oak Cellars, Oakville, CA


External Review
01/10/2013

Good deep red-ruby. Musky aromas of cassis, licorice, game, tobacco leaf and subtle brown spices. Velvety-sweet and deep, with hints of tobacco leaf, mint and herbs giving definition to the middle palate. Nicely bright but youthfully tight wine, finishing with broad tannins. Carrying a moderate 13.5% alcohol. Still tight, but then this wonandrsquo;t be released until next winter. Incidentally, following Silver Oakandrsquo;s purchase of a vineyard in Soda Canyon in 1999, this wine now relies less on contract fruit.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesOur 2005 Twomey Merlot is a voluptuous, robust and balanced expression of this noble variety. It has a deep garnet color and an intensely concentrated nose of black cherry, blackberry essence, wild game and freshly ground black pepper. On the palate, it is full-bodied and velvety, with fine-grained tannins and an extremely long finish. This Merlot will continue to give drinking pleasure through 2018.


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The 2005 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon beautifully expresses the full aromatic ripeness of this exemplary vintage. It is full bodied and yet refined, and consistent in its color, aroma, palate and finish. It has a dark garnet color and a nose of black cherry, clove, cinnamon, lavender and licorice. It is seamless on the palate with a solid core of berry fruit, velvety tannins and excellent length. With proper cellaring it should give drinking pleasure through 2032.

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