1996 Silver Oak - Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 1.5L

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1996 Silver Oak - Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
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International Wine Cellar | 87-90

Good deep red-ruby. Ripe aromas of cherry, dark chocolate, tar and mint. Less dense than the '97 but shows the baby fat of the vintage. But doesn't have quite as much flavor development as the '97. Finishes with good length and slightly green tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Wine Advocate | 92

The dark ruby-colored 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley exhibits a pronounced smoky, espresso bean, and kirsch-scented nose. Round, dense, rich, full-bodied, and open-knit, its low acid flavors are undeniably appealing. Black olives make an appearance in the wine's aromatics as it sits in the glass.

Drink Dates: 2000-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 126

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Wine Spectator | 88

Spicy, with herb, currant, anise, cedar and berry notes striking a nice balance between fruit and oak. Supple tannins make it approachable now. 45,500 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2000-2008
Author: James Laube


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Author: rtlt
Tasted On: 08/07/2011
Limited Edition Release Day July 29, 2000 Etched Bottle
Score: 80
Author: Edward T707
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/17/2010
Drink Dates:
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Author: wglastris
Tasted On: 10/20/2009
A little disappointing but improved with time
Score: 92
Author: JoyLovesWine
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 09/29/2009
92 points Robert Parker: "The dark ruby-colored 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley exhibits a pronounced smoky, espresso bean, and kirsch-scented nose. Round, dense, rich, full-bodied, and open-knit, its low acid flavors are undeniably appealing. Black olives make an appearance in the wine's aromatics as it sits in the glass. Anticipated maturity: now-2015." (01/00)

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Score: 80
Author: biglebowski
Tasted On: 04/13/2009
Drink now, or maybe don't so as not to ruin your fond memories of this once extravagant bottling. Gone is much of the richness and well-rounded, well-extracted fruit, replaced with a one note, fairly pedestrian experience that does not begin to hint at what this was in its younger days.
More Vintages and Sizes of Silver Oak - Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley:

2005 (750ml)
2004 (750ml)

About This Producer


Silver Oak was founded in the early 1970s by Ray Duncan and Justin Meyer, a former winemaker with Christian Brothers. The founders' goal was to create exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon that would be distinguished by its elegance and finesse. In most years, the wines are made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes sourced from the Alexander and Napa Valleys. The developing wine is aged 30 months in American Oak barrels and then cellared about 15 months before release. Silver Oak aims to make a velvety style Cabernet that is drinkable upon release. In addition to the well-known Alexander and Napa Valley Cabernets, Silver Oak has also produced North Coast and Bonny's Vineyard Cabernets in select vintages. After 30 years of partnership between Ray and Justin, the Duncan family is currently the sole owner of the property.

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