Sunday, November 18, 2007

Rating: ***+ Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, CA


Review:

Silver Oak (especially the Napa bottling) has been a long favorite of mine, though I haven't tried one in awhile. This 2002 vintage is from the Alexander Valley bottling. It is medium/dark red in the glass. Aromas are a bit shy - you need to find your way into the glass to meet them. There you find chocolate covered cherries, minus the sugar.

On the palate, a nice, highly balanced, slightly high-pitched blend of cabernet fruit, lingering tannins and cheek-seeking acids. Medium in overall weight, but very accommodating.

Three stars out of five because I would try another wine the same evening. But a plus for the impeccable balance.

Robert Parker gave it 90 points and said, "The Alexander Valley cuvee is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in new oak. The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley offers abundant quantities of spice, vanillin, cedar, herbs, and smoke, soft, round, creamy-textured flavors, good black cherry and currant notes, and a spicy, medium-bodied, easy-going personality."

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