International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 102
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.
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Author: Robert Parker
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.
Author: James Laube
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.
Ish Wine Cellar
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/04/2013
Trust Rating: 67
Tasted On: 04/11/2013
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/25/2012
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 12/02/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2014
Fruit/Oak balance with mid tannins. This was probably the best Alex. Valley Silver Oak I've tasted.
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Tasted On: 05/25/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2015
Deep rich color. Tannic structure holding well and likely to hold for another 5 years. Fruit is still holding up nicely also.
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