1997 Silver Oak - Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 6.0L

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1997 Silver Oak - Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
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Reviews For This Wine


 
International Wine Cellar | 88

Ruby-red, with a hint of development at the rim. Classic California cabernet aromas of blackcurrant, tar and menthol. Began slightly lean and herbaceous but seemed to put on weight and gain in texture as it opened in the glass. Firm acids are a bit tart but not quite spiky. Finishes firmly tannic, with a faint greenness and a note of coconutty sweet oak.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102

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Wine Advocate | 89

The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley is a dense purple color with boisterous, sweet, spicy, new oak, licorice, and olive notes. This flamboyant wine tastes lighter than I would have expected for a 1997. In the mouth, it reveals medium body, sweet jammy cherry fruit, and a soft finish. It needs to be drunk over the next 7-8 years. By the way, the Alexander Valley cuvees are always 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Drink Dates: 2000-2008
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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Wine Spectator | 88

A bit chalky at first, it turns to herb, currant and coffee flavors that are rich and elegant, finishing with dill and sage notes and chewy tannins. 47,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2001-2008
Author: James Laube


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Score: 89
Author: WIFE
Trust Rating: 79
Tasted On: 06/28/2013
Drink Dates: 2013
The aroma was cough syrup and the wine needed more time to breath. Drank after 1 hour of decanting but had an old world earthy leather. The wine just didnt have the fruit that we love in SO...Just out of balance..We will let breath 2 plus hours next time..
Score: 95
Author: Napadiligo
Tasted On: 04/28/2013
Score: 90
Author: Ish Wine Cellar
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 05/04/2013
Score: 92
Author: goelmos
Trust Rating: 67
Tasted On: 04/11/2013
Score: 88
Author: KMS
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/25/2012
More Vintages and Sizes of Silver Oak - Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley:

1991 (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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