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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 227 
ProducerSilver Oak (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationAlexander Valley
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UPC Code(s)000000206884, 000008454218, 084444100090, 086891072913, 091882322106, 1000000000214, 451126537503

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2019 (based on 57 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.5 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 406 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by BrunelloBob on 7/1/2015 & rated 88 points: By the glass, Zins in Cedar rapids. Frankly disappointing, just not a lot to get excited about. A bit too much alcohol, port like dark fruit but not a ton of it. Drying (370 views)
 Tasted by Stevethebeav on 5/6/2015 & rated 89 points: This is a nice cab, but I would have expected more complexity because of reputation. Granted, I've never had the Napa Cab. The wine looks dark ruby colored and it has a bright, strawberry and cranberry nose. Texture is round to silky and medium legs, no sediment. Cherry, Vanilla, and nutmeg are most noticeable. I don't get the strong oak that some are referring to. This is on the lighter end of full body with a medium finish. nice balance of acid. (1693 views)
 Tasted by Grenik on 5/3/2015 & rated 87 points: Fruit has faded quite a bit and left an over oaked and one dimensional wine. Blueberry fruit palate that does not hold up to the sweet vanilla and fat texture of the wine. There is no tension. There is some depth with hints of forest floor starting to develop, but there is not enough fruit and tannins to harmonize with. I am a fan of Silver Oak, but this would have been much better a few years ago. Drink now if you have them. (1495 views)
 Tasted by Dave Kirby on 4/25/2015 & rated 90 points: This one started off slow, but opened up after about 30 mintues. Very silky, and well-balanced, fruit on the back end. Short Finish, what you would expect from Silver Oak.
The wine looks garnet colored. The legs are medium. There is no sediment in the bottle. Low acidity. A great wine to enjoy by the fire pit with friends...this one could use about 1 - 2 more years in the bottle. (1353 views)
 Tasted by wmccone54 on 4/25/2015 & rated 91 points: Austin Food and Wine Festival:,Drinking very well; one of the better wines today. Smooth, approachable, resolved tannins. (1445 views)
 Tasted by Rezy13 on 3/13/2015: New World Blind Tasting Group $40+ (Bin 75): Very dark crimson with lighter crimson rim; lots of vanilla, dill, American oak, surprised by amount of red fruit, currant, cherry, ripe, licorice, balm; tart, some grip, lots of currant, wood tannin, some green pepper with lots of air, decent structure and balance; this would be so much better if they used a better cooper. (2146 views)
 Tasted by jbehrendt on 3/9/2015 & rated 90 points: Paired with tenderloin steak, risotto and broccoli for my birthday dinner. Nicely complex. Nice balance. (1654 views)
 Tasted by Clrv on 2/28/2015 & rated 90 points: Drinking well right now. Not terribly complex but nice. (1585 views)
 Tasted by DDD on 2/14/2015: Gave to Andy Arensberg and wife for wedding present (1621 views)
 Tasted by Dave Dexter on 2/14/2015 & rated 73 points: Oaky, dry. Did not like it. (1726 views)
 Tasted by RichardsLD on 12/26/2014: Not my thing. Lots of warm spice and cocoa and very fruity. So much oak. The vanilla flavor makes this taste tropical. (2149 views)
 Tasted by msuazo9 on 12/24/2014 & rated 89 points: delish !! (1901 views)
 Tasted by JimmyR on 12/24/2014 & rated 93 points: excellent (1723 views)
 Tasted by Grenik on 12/9/2014 & rated 90 points: It is a classic, somewhat generic, California cab. Lots of oak, smooth, and balanced. This is a good, reproducible style, but at times it gets boring. However, for a wine of this style, it is quite good and enjoyable. (1592 views)
 Tasted by Marc S on 12/7/2014 & rated 89 points: - Garnet color with slow forming legs. It's balanced and has flavours of black currant and prune with a medium/full body. Polished texture with a long finish - Always a great bottle of Cab. Full of oak and soft on the palate. (2214 views)
 Tasted by hebatty on 11/28/2014: - Purple color and aromas of black currant. It's balanced and has flavours of black currant with a medium/full body. Round texture with a medium finish - Delicious (1633 views)
 Tasted by Redrunners on 11/27/2014 & rated 89 points: Solid wine, although still a little tannic after 90 minutes in the decanter.

The Napa version is usually better.
cherry, raspberry and some oak.

Was an enjoyable wine, but much better choices for the cost.
This was a gift - wouldn't buy this myself given the mediocre QPR. (1515 views)
 Tasted by chrisco on 10/13/2014 & rated 86 points: Expecting more robust. Drinkable. (2742 views)
 Tasted by newkid17 on 9/28/2014 & rated 87 points: Good cab, but not great. Subtle black fruit, lots of cocoa and earth/mushroom. However, enjoyed with great friends and the first bottle that was decanted did not taste as good as the second bottle which we popped and poured. (2611 views)
 Tasted by bestdamncab on 9/14/2014 & rated 91 points: Lovely nose of dark fruit with hints of blackberry, red cherry, and earth, more of the same on the palate, easy drinking, at its peak, medium body and medium/long finish. (2719 views)
 Tasted by smerrell on 7/20/2014 & rated 92 points: Very nice New World Cab showed after 60min decanting, drinking better and better throughout the night. Off the gate I'd give it an 88 - still a wound up and fruit forward. After 30 min this really became approachable. 60 min later I was a converted fan! Drinking well now, but 1-3 yrs likely rewarding (3598 views)
 Tasted by adnielsen on 7/12/2014 & rated 87 points: @ the tasting room. (3273 views)
 Tasted by ACR16719 on 6/15/2014 & rated 98 points: terrific. Big wine (3265 views)
 Tasted by bestdamncab on 5/23/2014 & rated 93 points: Tasted at the winery with Kathy. Lovely nose of mocha java coffee, blackberry, and earth, more of the same on the palate, medium/big body, needs cellar time, medium/long finish. (3337 views)
 Tasted by cspence1981 on 3/18/2014 & rated 93 points: No doubt about it this is Silver Oak the second you open up the bottle. Vanilla and smooth oak engulf the room almost immediately. Wine was a bit unbalanced as I tried a half glass after I opened it but then double decanted for six hours and it leapt right out of the glass. It will probably only get better with time but with proper decanting you can drink now. Enjoy!! (4435 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150
(Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (7/12/2011)
(Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley) Berry, ripe cassis nose; soft, ripe cassis, berry palate; medium-plus finish 88+ points  88 points
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