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Silver Oak Alexander Valley California 1996

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The 1996 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a dark ruby color. It has a nose of black plums, rose petal and soy sauce. This wine is very complex and lively with an extremely long finish of fruit and spice. It will continue to improve through 2021 with 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
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Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake

RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.

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Member Reviews for Silver Oak Alexander Valley California

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Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
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5.00 5
11/14/2009

Outstanding Napa Cabernet, in its prime. Silky smooth, but with plenty of grip. Terrific ripe fruit caresses the nose with classic cassis, violet, and oak spice aromas. In the mouth the wine delivers layers of classic Cabernet fruit flavors in a seamless, velvet texture. I always gripe about Silver Oak's prices, but have to say that the Silver Oak Napa Cab is almost always superb. I also remain impressed with how beautifully these Cabernets age, considering how early they're drinkable. To my taste, these are generally two steps up in elegance, depth, and overall quality from the much-larger production Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernets.


Snooth User: carey1
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4.50 5
07/26/2009

Great mingling of fruit and oak. Drinking great now.


Snooth User: cmmuckle
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4.50 5
02/29/2008

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Silver Oak Alexander Valley California

External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewRated 91The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, .5% Merlot, and 1.5% Petit Verdot) has a dark ruby/plum color and a gorgeous, complex nose of cedar, spice box, cherries, jammy plums and cassis. The wine is fleshy, medium to full-bodied, seductive, and filled with glycerin. The finish is all silk. This low acid, big, spicy, lavishly wooded, chewy wine should drink well for another 10-14 years.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/24/2009

The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley appears to be a massive, huge, mouthful of wine, even bigger than some of Silver Oak's other Napa Cabernet Sauvignon offerings of the nineties. The color is opaque purple, and the wine reveals an unctuous textu... Robert Parker. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1996 Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 750ml


External Review
Source: Epic Cellars
07/03/2010

The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, .5% Merlot, and 1.5% Petit Verdot) has a dark ruby/plum color and a gorgeous, complex nose of cedar, spice box, cherries, jammy plums and cassis. The wine is fleshy, medium to full-bodied, seductive, and filled with glycerin. The finish is all silk. This low acid, big, spicy, lavishly wooded, chewy wine should drink well for another 10-14 years.


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

Ripe aromas of cherry dark chocolate tar and mint. Less dense than the 97 but shows the baby fat of the vintage... Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, .5% Merlot, and 1.5% Petit Verdot) has a dark ruby/plum color and a gorgeous, complex nose of cedar, spice box, cherries, jammy plums and cassis. The wine is fleshy, medium ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1996 Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 750ml


External Review
01/29/2009

Vintage Description: The 1996 season started out early and continued so all the way to harvest. The winter of 1995/1996 was one of the warmest on record. Consequently, budbreak was about two weeks early. Bloom and verasion were one to two weeks



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The 1996 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a dark ruby color. It has a nose of black plums, rose petal and soy sauce. This wine is very complex and lively with an extremely long finish of fruit and spice. It will continue to improve through 2021 with proper cellaring.

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