2002 Silver Oak - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750ml

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2002 Silver Oak - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
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Wine Advocate | 91

Not surprisingly, my favorite Napa bottling is the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and a dollop of Petit Verdot. Aromas of olive-tinged, creme de cassis intermixed with sweet vanillin and smoky oak lead to a sweet, chunky, ripe, cedary wine with an attractive texture, an expansive, fruit-forward style, and a spicy finish. It should drink well for 10-12 years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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Wine Spectator | 90

A plush display of oak and ripe fruit, with the signature vanilla bean oak joining currant and plum fruit flavors that are ripe and intense, yet supple. Well-balanced, with good depth, focus and concentration. 33,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2012
Author: James Laube


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Author: AdamSmith
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 03/13/2013
Drink Dates: 2004-2017
Score: 92
Author: Richard N1962
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 12/26/2012
Drink Dates: 2012
As good as it will get. Tons of toasted vanilla. Very nice. Not full throttle. Ready to drink.
Score: 93
Author: noelivan
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/16/2012
Score: 91
Author: Bryon
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/01/2012
Drink Dates: 2011-2012
Christmas Day with the Pittengers! We had the Mandavi Oakville 2004 and 2006, the Silver Oak Napa 2002 and the 6-8-9 2009. The 6-8-9 was our starter wine in the afternoon, for dinner the Silver Oak was first and the Mondavi's followed. All came out great, the 6-8-9 a little light and very fruit forward. The Silver Oak was on the decline but had nice fruit and color, the oak component was suttle, very soft and went down EASY!. The Mondavi's were harder to taste but they still had oak and life in them for aging. Not as nice to drink but still enjoyable.
Score: 93
Author: Batard Montrachet
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/20/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2012
Well rounded Cabernet Sauvignon standard. 9 years old and the tannins have helped this cab age beautifully. Drink these 2001's and 2002's now. Rich notes of chocolate, tobacco, and a touch of white pepper. Nice finish.
More Vintages and Sizes of Silver Oak - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley:

2008 (750ml)
1994 (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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