International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92($100; a 60/40 blend of syrah and cabernet sauvignon) Red-ruby. Wild, smoky aromas of plum, game and brown spices, with a raspberry note emerging with aeration. Sweet, suave and vibrant, with lovely mineral lift to the complex fruit and game flavors. Lively acids give this very successful, complex blend a distinctly juicy quality. Finishes very long, with fine, sweet tannins and lovely lift.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Aromas of fresh herb, plumb, blueberry, tar and anise fold together nicely, gaining richness and depth. Ends with firm integrated tannins. Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91Made from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Syrah, the 2005 Silver does not possess the weight or intensity of its older sibling, but it exhibits an elegant, layered style, a smoky, blackberry, chocolate, and spicy-scented bouquet, a gamy note, and a medium-bodied, dry, elegant finish. It should turn out to be a stylish effort, although not as big as previous vintages.Author: Robert Parker
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 61 bottles owned
- 17 collectors