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Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Silver Anniversary Reserve 2004
The 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex and elegant wine that balances the expression of fruity and savory elements with finesse. The wine has a dark ruby color with a purple edge and displays aromas of black plum, soy sauce, chocolate, rose petals, cedar and black olive. It has a soft, velvety attack and a fruity, floral and spicy mid-palate. The finish is long and smooth with well integrated tannins. Properly cellared, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2024.
I tried the Napa and Alexander Cabs at a Silver Oak tasting, back to back. Both great, but I prefer the Alexander, personally. The nose on the Napa was amazing (orange peel, caramel) but it was less fruity and that somehow left the oak more exposed. It does have a great velvety texture.
This is a wonderfully smooth and refined wine. Lots going on with the nose with notes of cherry, dark fruits and cocoa. Velvety mouth feel and good balance. Not as large as I thought it would be and not quite as much fruit as I was expecting but very satisfying none the less.
Color was brick red. An aroma of subtle berry notes and flowers with some sought of burnt sugar. On the palate an abundance of cassis with nice vibrant cherry and way in the background some spice. Tannins gently making their presence known. A nice long finish.
Outstanding but it better be at the price. Not quite as good as the 2002 but still an excellent wine once it opens up.
One of my favorite cabs, rich and hearty, full of flavor and saturated color. A beautiful, dimensional wine. It never disappoints.
oaky, hint of pepper. I enjoyed the entire contents of the bottle, sans 1 glass for the sommelier for such a good choice. Best part: 2 glasses of water before I went to bed, and in the morning, no headache.
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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, the wine has a flamboyant nose of fruitcake, licorice, Asian spice, black currants, and toasty wood. Deep. opulent, viscous, intense, cherry, and thick, it is a classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon made in an all-American oak loversrsquo; style. It should drink well for 12ndash;15 years.
Silver Oak continues to use 100 percent new American oak for its Cabernet, yielding the maturing, dill-scented fruit aroma and brightening the dark jammy flavors. It tastes foresty, the texture firm and extremely supple, very much a New World style of Cabernet. On the other hand, the style now seems a bit old-fashioned in the context of the sleek, glamorous and expensive Cabernets now pouring out of Napa Valley.
The Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is more limited in availability than the Alexander Valley, but there are now close to 33,000 cases being produced. The 2001 (31,430 cases of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot) offers a big, smoky, herb, black currant, tobacco, spice box, and barbecue spice-scented bouquet, and broad, medium to full-bodied, concentrated, sweet, jammy flavors with plenty of sexy, toasty American oak in the background. It is a hedonistic fleshpot of a wine to drink now and over the next 10ndash;12 years.
Therersquo;s a note of austerity amidst the concentration of fruit, in contrast to the lushness of the Alexander Valley bottling mdash; in essence, more evident spine. Furthermore, though the aging program was probably very similar, Napa shows a light cedar overtone while Alexander Valley is all about vanilla. This one is of course superb in its own right, and the two side by side create a textbook example of similarities and differences between Napa and Alexander Valley cabernets.
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. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.
The opaque ruby-colored 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. The wine reveals a sweet attack of fruitcake, spice box, dried herbs, and black fruits. It is bordeaux-like, with hard, tough tannin, an angular personality, and an astringent finish. This is a perplexing offering. There is an impressive beginning, but the finish is narrow and pinched, hence the question mark. My instincts suggest it will age for 12ndash;15 years, but will always be dry and austere, without the charm and sweetness of the finest vintages.
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.
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