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Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Original Wood Case 1997

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1997 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine of extraordinary intensity and depth. It has a very dark garnet color and a concentrated nose of cassis liqueur, plum, dark chocolate and violets. It is mouth filling and extremely rich on the palate. This Cabernet will continue to improve through 2023.

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 Original Wood Case

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Snooth User: jkagel
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4.00 5
11/24/2009

Smooth gradient of color from rim to center. Starting from a light brick to deep maroon. Scents of caramel, coffee, and alcohol. After tasting the wine revealed flavors of cherries, plum, and smoke. Very mellow and well balanced tannin with an extremely long finish.


Snooth User: WJoeTrojan
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4.00 5
09/08/2008

Robust and rich, but slightly disappointing for the price.


Snooth User: kvadhg
8716070
0.00 5
06/24/2011

Suberb! I love the peppery spice!


External Reviews for Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Original Wood Case

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

... dense purple color with boisterous sweet spicy new oak licorice and olive notes...In the mouth it reveals medium body sweet jammy cherry fruit and a soft finish... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

...Classic California cabernet aromas of blackcurrant tar and menthol. Began slightly lean and herbaceous but seemed to put on weight and gain in texture as it opened in the glass. Firm acids are a bit tart but not quite spiky. Finishes firmly tannic with a faint greenness and a note of coconutty sweet oak. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
07/03/2010

The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa looks to be one of the finest wines made by the winemaking team of proprietor Justin Meyer and winemaker/viticulturist Daniel Baron. The 1997 Napa is an impressive effort. A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this wine has a flamboyant nose of fruitcake, licorice, Asian spice, black currants, and toasty wood. Deep, opulent, viscous, intense, chewy, and thick, it is a classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon made in an all-American oak lovers' style. It should drink well for 12-15 years.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Smooth and polished, with rich currant, dill, cedar and cherry fruit. Turns complex, with fine, well-integrated tannins, finishing with persistent flavors. Drink now through 2009... Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Deep ruby-red with faint amber at the rim. Deeply pitched aromas of currant tobacco mocha bitter chocolate game oak char and cigar box; strong element of sweet roasted wood. Sweeter and richer than the Alexander Valley bottling; has more mid-palate stuffing to buffer its firm spine of acidity. Just a whiff of herbs in the mouth. Finishes quite long with broad tannins reaching the teeth. Complex and satisfying. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/22/2011

The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa looks to be one of the finest wines made by the winemaking team of proprietor Justin Meyer and winemaker/viticulturist Daniel Baron. The 1997 Napa is an impressive effort. A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and the res... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1997 Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 1500ml


External Review
01/29/2009

Legendary Vintage! Ultra Rare!Vintage Description: The 1997 growing season was marked by extremes. Despite floods, early budbreak, heat waves and high yields, we made some of the most exciting wines in recent memory.Early winter rainfall was abundant


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The 1997 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine of extraordinary intensity and depth. It has a very dark garnet color and a concentrated nose of cassis liqueur, plum, dark chocolate and violets. It is mouth filling and extremely rich on the palate. This Cabernet will continue to improve through 2023.

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