2005 Silver Oak - Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 1.5L

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2005 Silver Oak - Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
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International Wine Cellar | 89

($70) Good deep red-ruby. Dark berries, black cherry and licorice on the nose, with a less exaggerated oak element despite the fact that this was aged in 95% new American barrels. Not particularly sweet, but the mid-palate offers better grip and lift than the 2004, with laid-back flavors of currant, plum and tobacco leaf. Finishes with substantial, slightly dry tannins and good persistence. Incidentally, the production of this wine was increased in the early part of this decade and is now in the 75,000 case range.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Score: 88
Author: cloudon
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/08/2014
The fruit had dissipated more than expected. Full of silky oak like usual but the mid palate and balance were out of whack. Still a good drinkable wine, just not outstanding.
Score: 90
Author: Nick Shea
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 05/04/2014
Drink Dates: 2011-2025
Score: 89
Author: intaglio
Tasted On: 01/04/2014
Score: 92
Author: keviclan
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 12/29/2013
Score: 90
Author: BigMac
Trust Rating: 75
Tasted On: 12/31/2011
More Vintages and Sizes of Silver Oak - Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley:

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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