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Silver Oak Alexander Valley California 2010
Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 is an elegant California red that is a deep garnet in color and offers aromas of ripe berry fruit, tobacco, spice and coffee on the nose. On the palate, rich, vibrant fruit flavors with full body, well-integrated tannins and a long finish. *IMPERIAL*
The wine is an inky black color at the center, leading to some bright ruby along the edges with nice clarity. The nose is just lovely, with notes of black licorice, tarragon, blueberry and some Asian spice. The taste is quite refined, with a some subdued flavors of cassis, blueberry and notes of espresso up front which transition to some elegant flavors of pipe tobacco, dusty limestone and white pepper midpalate. The finish is quite nice, with nicely structured and well integrated tannins supporting the long, lush, absolutely bone dry finish that just beckons another sip. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/12/2010-silver-oak-alexander-valley.html
External Reviews for Silver Oak Alexander Valley California
Bright ruby-red. Vibrant nose offers cassis, blackberry, Baker’s chocolate, minerals, violet and licorice. Polished on entry, then juicy and intense in the middle, offering pristine dark berry and spice flavors framed by penetrating acidity. Higher-pitched than the 2009; lovely cooler-year definition and energy here. Finishes with serious but fine-grained tannins and sneaky persistence. Potentially the best release yet from Doubleback, and balanced to age.
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Merlot that spent 20 months in 67% new French oak. Classic Cabernet on the nose, with gorgeous creme de cassis, raspberry ganache, lead pencil shavings and hints of flowers, it is rich, concentrated and decadent on the palate, yet has brilliant purity, a weightless, elegant texture and knockout polish to its tannin. Already approachable due to its balance and overall seamlessness, this full-bodied effort can be consumed now and over the coming 10–15 years. 2,000 cases made. Drink now–2025+.
A swarm of fine tannins are wound around a plush core of black cherry, pomegranate and red pepper in this firm red, persisting impressively on the extended, coffee-inflected finish. Needs time in the cellar to unfold. Best after 2015.
Drew Bledsoe's Tasting Notes - The 2010 vintage may prove to be a benchmark for years to come ...On the palate the wine exhibits the balance we continue to strive for; nicely integrated tannins, crisp acidity and beautiful Walla Walla Valley fruit.
This is a heavy-duty Cabernet, big in every way, with rich black cherry and cassis fruit, and dense, dark tannins. The long, slightly grainy finish reinforces the impression of raw power, yet the wine retains perfect proportion and is nicely differentiated from the other 2010s crafted by winemaker Chris Figgins.
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