Cabernet Time - Silver Oak & Friends

Wine Exchange. Orange, CA
Tasted Saturday, August 1, 2009 by djdaqm with 402 views

Flight 1 - Values (2 Notes)

Flight 2 - Friends, Blends, etc. (5 Notes)

Flight 3 - The North Coast Show (12 Notes)

  • 2007 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Prologue 89 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    What this wine lacks in power and concentration, it makes up in the nose. The bouquet is rustic, unique, and evocative of the country. The palette, however, is a bit thin. Overall, it is ready to enjoy right now

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  • 2005 Bonneau Cabernet Sauvignon 88 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County

    Weak on the nose. What this wine lacks on the nose, it makes up on the palette. Soft tannins and ready to drink now. Great QPR. A tad green on the finish.

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  • 2006 Dominus Napanook Red 89 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Decent nose with hints of spices. Firm concentration for the price and soft tannins. A bit hot on the alcohol. Overall good wine, but I was expecting more from this particular vintage of Napanook.

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  • 2006 Titus Cabernet Sauvignon 90 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Nice nose. On the palette stewed plums and ripe berries. Well-balance and firm concentration. Only thing missing here is complexity.

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  • 2006 Emblem Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 89 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Nice notes on the nose that clearly show the 22 months this wine spent on oak. At the moment the wine is not together at all. Rather disjoint. Firm concentration and firm tannins. Persistent finish. It has a potential for higher score in the future if it comes together.

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  • 2005 Newton Cabernet Sauvignon Unfiltered 92 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    After a couple of hours of decanting it showed a fantastic nose with notes of spice, perfume, red fruits and very slight mineral notes. Very well put together. Sweet silky tannins. A bit of stewed plums. Great structure. Good value for <$50 category

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  • 2007 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 94 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    2007 is one of the best vintages in California and this wine shows it. The nose is powerful. Notes of vanilla and caramel without being jammy. Silky smooth mouth feel. Power house in concentration. Awesome balance. This is a great value ~$50 price category. It reminds me of the question: Why pay less?

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  • 2006 Parallel Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 91 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    Just a tad hot on the nose. On the palette the wine is oh so smooth with excellently concealed tannins. I was expecting more concentration from this wine. Persistent. Broccoli on the finish.

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  • 2005 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Spring Mountain District 91 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District

    Nose of perfume and country side. Good concentration and firm tannins. Persistent. Lacks complexity a bit and most certainly is not ready to drink now.

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  • 2006 Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 91 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford

    A powerhouse on the nose showing a lot of vanilla notes at the moment. Ripe fruit and firm tannins. The wine shows a bit the alcohol on the finish. Another wine with good potential for higher score if it comes together.

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  • 2006 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection 93 Points

    USA, California, Napa Valley

    A powerhouse on the nose: complex perfume, hypnotic, Asian spices. Outstanding concentration. Starts with stewed plums and evolves to show flavors of ripe fruits. What I really like about this wine is that it was showing his layers, one at a time. It does not put all of what it has upfront. Great complexity. Outstanding balance.

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  • 2005 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 90 Points

    USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley

    I am a bit generous on the rating of this wine. Most likely an 89+. A lot of vanilla on the nose. Very firm tannins. Way too early to drink at the moment. Tasted on opening / release day and it shows that the wine is quite disjoint. Decent concentration. Notes of green pepper and tomato juice on the finish.

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Closing

Considering everything... the wines to purchase from this tasting were the Newton 2005 and the Caymus 2007.

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