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Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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.
Editorial Reviews for Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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
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...
We had this at Acme steakhouse in San Francisco.
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.
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.
Lots of oak giving the wine vanilla and dill notes. Dried cherry fruits dominate. Dry, dusty, finish with strong cedar notes.
Very fruit forward and jammy. Still fairly tannic. - Tasted at winery 4/21/10
Nicely balanced and well rounded. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice. - Tasted at winery 4/21/10
External Reviews for Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
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.
Good deep red. Black cherry, plum syrup and lead pencil on the nose, with a lightly roasted character and a meaty nuance. Quite pliant on the palate, with a much more velvety mouthfeel than the Alexander Valley offering and more mid-palate stuffing to support its toothcoating tannins. Here the wine's herbal elements lifts the fruit. Not exactly fat but nicely sweet. Finishes with very good breadth and length.
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
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 winersquo;s earthy complexities. Drink this over the next several years with anything meaty, from duck and game birds to steak. (Wamp;S, 2/10) Silver Oak Cellars, Oakville, CA
The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley is light and overtly herbaceous. The wine is certainly soft and fleshy with good fruit, and is undoubtedly very much in the style of the Alexander Valley, but it does not have much weight, density, or thickness. This wine will be ready to drink upon release and is probably best consumed during its first 8ndash;10 years of life.
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