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Flickinger Wines USD 78.00 750ml

Silver Oak Alexander Valley California 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2003 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant, highly expressive wine that displays great complexity due to the multifaceted climatic conditions of the harvest season. The wine is dark ruby with a purple to red edge. It has bright aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate, black tea, allspice and ginger. In the mouth, it offers a full-bodied attack, a round, balanced mid-palate redolent of cherry preserves, brown sugar and caramel and an extremely long finish of savory ripe fruit. Properly cellared, it should give drinking pleasure through 2026.

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 California

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Snooth User: AdamRobert
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2.50 5
02/05/2008

Uhh...what's the big deal with this wine? NOT that good. I mean, its not poorly made, but I had a DeLoach Cab the other day that was $17 and compared legitimately to this.


Snooth User: MidwestWinez
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4.50 5
02/05/2008

Nice dark ruby color. Full body, with a long fruity finish. Silver Oak Cabs are always at the top of my Cali-Cabs list.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,575
4.00 5
02/05/2008

Very mineral wine. Full of black cherry flavors and soft tannins from the oak. Very good. Highly complex with a very very long drying finish on soft oak.


Snooth User: foodwinechickie
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4.00 5
02/21/2011

This dark ruby wine is a big mouthful of ripe berries with woody herb nuances. It offers soft-ish, refined tannins but, if I must be critical, an understated finish. Somewhat pricey at around $80, but an overall very good wine.


Snooth User: queenbeachiee
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5.00 5
01/11/2009

I have not yet met a Silver Oak that I did not like.


Snooth User: chrisamichaels
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4.00 5
12/09/2008

The typical pair for a well prepared fillet or chop. Bold bouquet and darker notes balance nicely with peppery foods or fatty cuts of meat.


External Reviews for Silver Oak Alexander Valley California

External Review
05/12/2011

The firmly structured, spicy, licorice and herb-tinged, black currant-scented and flavored 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley is medium to full-bodied and ripe, but I am not sure it has the inte... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2003 Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 750ml


External Review
10/16/2008

<table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="7"><tbody><tr><td>Vintage:</td><td>2003</td></tr><tr><td>Appellation:</td><td>Alexander Valley</td></tr><tr><td>Composition:</td><td>100% Cabernet Sauvignon</td></tr><tr><td>Bottle Sizes:</td><td>750 ml Bottle, 1.5 L Magnum, 3 L Double Magnum, 6 L Imperial </td></tr><tr><td>Release Date:</td><td>Saturday, August 4, 2007</td></tr><tr><td>750 ml Price:</td><td>$60</td></tr></tbody></table><h3>Winemaker&#39;s Tasting Notes</h3>The 2003 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant, highly expressive wine that displays great complexity due to the multifaceted climatic conditions of the harvest season. The wine is dark ruby with a purple to red edge. It has bright aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate, black tea, allspice and ginger. In the mouth, it offers a full-bodied attack, a round, balanced mid-palate redolent of cherry preserves, brown sugar and caramel and an extremely long finish of savory ripe fruit. Properly cellared, it should give drinking pleasure through 2026. <h3>Vintage Description</h3>The 2003 harvest had two distinct phases - a hot, compressed first half and a cool, drawn-out second half - resulting in a very complex, layered wine. We received above-average rainfall of 40 inches, with a disproportionate amount in April and May. This created some extra work in the field and resulted in low yields at some vineyards. June and July were mild, and August was cooler than normal. A short heat wave began in mid-September and we brought in the first fruit on September 13th. Temperatures remained warm and built to another heat wave that peaked at 104 degrees. We picked frenetically throughout this heat spell and brought in approximately 60% of the fruit. Then, abruptly on September 23rd, it became cool and foggy and remained so for two weeks. This seemed like a completely different growing season, with foggy mornings and afternoon temperatures in the high 80s. It gradually warmed up, and we were able to complete harvest by October 20th.<h3>Blending and Aging</h3>Our 2003 Alexander Valley, a blend of wine from several different vineyards, is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. We blended the vineyard lots in early 2004 and transferred the wine to 50% new and 50% once-used American oak barrels for aging. Blending prior to barreling allows us to achieve a balance of the wine&#39;s natural elements, such as fruit and tannin, before they are influenced by oak. The wine is then aged in barrel for approximately 25 months and another 15 months in bottle to harmonize its components before release.


External Review
06/20/2014

The firmly structured spicy licorice and herb-tinged black currant-scented and flavored 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley is medium to full-bodied and ripe but I am not sure it has the intensity of the 2002 or the seductive fragrance (at least not yet) of the 2001. It should be consumed in its first 10-12 years. (Release date 8/07) Tel. (800) 273-8809; Fax (707) 944-2817 Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
05/15/2010

The Alexander Valley cuvee is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in new oak. The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley reveals an exaggerated tannin profile along with sweet plum, cherry, and currant fruit as well as notes of licorice, dried herbs, spice box, and toasty American wood. It could use a bit more flesh and depth, but it is certainly a very good, aromatic, spicy wine to consume during its first 8-9 years of life.


External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe 2003 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant, highly expressive wine that displays great complexity due to the multifaceted climatic conditions of the harvest season. The wine is dark ruby with a purple to red edge. It displays bright aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate, black tea, allspice and ginger. In the mouth, it has a full-bodied attack, a round, balanced mid-palate redolent of cherry preserves, brown sugar and caramel and an extremely long finish of savory ripe fruit. Properly cellared, it should give drinking pleasure until 2026.


External Review
10/15/2009

91 Points Robert Parker The firmly structured, spicy, licorice and herb-tinged, black currant-scented and flavored 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley is medium to full-bodied and ripe.


External Review
01/29/2009

Vintage Description: The 2003 harvest had two distinct phases - a hot, compressed first half and a cool, drawn-out second half - resulting in a very complex, layered wine.We received above-average rainfall of 40 inches, with a disproportionate amount



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The 2003 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant, highly expressive wine that displays great complexity due to the multifaceted climatic conditions of the harvest season. The wine is dark ruby with a purple to red edge. It has bright aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate, black tea, allspice and ginger. In the mouth, it offers a full-bodied attack, a round, balanced mid-palate redolent of cherry preserves, brown sugar and caramel and an extremely long finish of savory ripe fruit. Properly cellared, it should give drinking pleasure through 2026.

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