I was intrigued by the extreme disparity in the reviews of this vintage. However, I was pleasantly surprised! This wine drank great! Decanted two hours. Dark in color, no visible sign of aging. On the nose it does reveal vanilla as is typical for Silver Oak Cab. On the palate it was silky smooth with a pleasing palate of ripe dark berries and mellow spices. Ready to drink now before fruit starts fading.
Excellent bottle. I've become a little jaded about Silver Oak over the years, as their success has created a little cult like following, and the visits to the winery have become nearly unwelcome. But this is a very good wine.
Wow, I knew this would be a nice wine, but was very pleasantly surprised that it is a fine wine. Had a sweet vanilla and a bit of a smoky oak start that lead to a sweet, ripe, cedary wine with an attractive texture and a spicy touch. Decant this one ... as it opens, it comes alive. Wonderful!
Pnp. Lovely cherry nose and garnet color. Medium bodied on the palate with good balance between fruit and acidity. Lingering aftertase (my wife really liked this) lasting at least 30 seconds. Perhaps not as good as the price but still a very good Cali cab.
I drank my last bottle of the '02 Alexander Valley last night. Although the grapes hung on the vines 11 years ago, the wine held up very well. When I opened the bottle I was already amazed in what good shape the cork was. There was no seepage. I decanted the wine for a good 2 hours. There was no wine crystals in the bottle. The wine tasted very good. Lots of different fruits. Typcial CA cab. I was a little disappointed with the finish, which was not as smooth as other Silveroaks before. I would say that the wine could still age for another 2-4 years with appropriate cellaring. Overall a very good bottle of Silveroak, yet I've had better from them.
The wine looks Garnet colored. The legs are Slow. It smells like Cherry, Mineral, Cedar, Black Pepper, Tobacco, Eucalyptus, and Cool/Menthol. It tastes like Black currant (cassis), Cherry, Black Pepper, and Chocolate. The body is Medium. The wine has Smooth texture. The wine finishes Short.
this was a great wine. Decanted for over an hour... as others have mentioned aromas of: floral or vanilla, maybe even a touch of bark. Great smooth finish... left you wanting more at the end. Great wine from Silver Oak
a bit surprised by the low scores on this wine. I found it to be a tremendous wine, very unique floral nose, rich silky mouth feel, it just coated my entire mouth....and the finish was very long. Very enjoyable wine.
Broke this open at Cafe Amano. After decanting about 30 minutes aromas of forest floor, cedar and cocoa powder emanated from the deep purple. Drank very well after 10 years of cellaring with rich cassis and blueberry flavors and a lingering soft tannic finish. Very enjoyable with the grass-fed filet mignon at Cafe Amano.
A little thinner than expected; but this is the Alexander, not the Napa, so expectations are tempered a bit. Up-front with cherries and fruit; but dragging a little on the back end. Overall a wonderful wine; one left for (much) later.
Just had a bottle of tonight. Very good bottle that held up through the years. Bought recently but assume storage a had to be fine given its current condition and taste. On the nose fruit and little oak. When tasting a little more jammy dark fruit/ Dark current and oak on the palate. Very silky smooth nice soft finish and enjoyable. Unlike other reviews we found no harsh tannins and overall very well balanced. We decanted the wine for one hour before drinking which might have helped opening it up.
I am a fan of Silver Oak. This vintage, however, is average. The nose is undistinguished. It is hard to pick out any aroma except earth. The palate is similarly flat. Manure, with little fruit and, even after 10 years, harsh tannins. Not a typical Silver Oak cab.
After all that's been said about Silver Oak's decline, this 2002 held up wonderfully. Rich, tongue-coating texture, and enough tannin for a mouth watering finish. Not as complex as other premium Cali cabs I've tried, but satisfying nonetheless.
- Crimsom color with fast forming legs and aromas of black pepper, blackberry, cherry, strawberry and smokey. It's balanced with a medium/full body. Silky texture with a medium finish - Drinking very well. Nice fruit...mostly in the body but a mixed essence in nose. Finish is relatively short as tannins are slight and round now. Some earth but not much. Not as much oak as I recall from Silver Oak.
Everything you would expect from SO in 2002. Decanted for 1 hour - should have waited 2 hours as it really opened up in the 2nd glass. Truly lovely with Wagu beef burgers to celebrate a personal milestone.
Drank a bottle that my business partner brought over the other night. Even though I have 8 in my cellar i have forgotten how reliable this wine is. Very nice nose and smooth fruit forward flavors. About a glass left from last night and I hope i get to it before my wife does. One of our favorites.
This wine was tight upon opening. After aeration and sitting for 30 minute, a bouquet of blackberries,dark plum, leather, tobacco, and cedar emerged. Medium plus acidity, alcohol, and body. Medium tannins, and flavors of black cherry, plum, leather, and cocoa. This wine is still a bit rough around the edges, and another year or two in the cellar may bring it into balance. Overall a lovely wine now with aeration, but hopefully will improve with age.
Drinking well. Nice high toned cab smells overlaid by tobacco and dark chocolate. Still has grip good for a few more years. 35-45 sec. finish. This bottle was properly stored since purchase but judging from the other CT notes, a lot of variation can happen in the almost 4 years since this wine was released.Very good.
We love Alex Valley Silver Oak overall, but this was probably the least enjoyable wine we've had. Its still young, but has an odd tannin / fruit profile that doesn't seem to be integrated well at this point. We enjoyed it, but just not to level we have with the '99 and '01. We will be tasting this over time to see if it benefits from more aging, which I would recommend at this time.
Dennis brought this over, and it was a pleasant surprise. Medium bodied but with a lushness I don't remember in the Alexander Valley version. Slight green pepper note, pleasant rather than distracting. Was one of the better wines opened in terms of pairing with food.
From start to finish is one long delicious, easy-to-drink cabernet that only disappoints in that there are no sensory surprises. I have had this wine before, and tonight I was not as overwhelmed as my last dinner with Silver Oak. Fruit. Oak. Very moderate tannin.
Drank at Peggy and Gordons in the Woodlands. Weak glass but a very good showing. Dark brooding color with plenty od darl fruit on the nose and palate. Vey pleasant surprise. Good structure and balance. A far cry from the previous bottle. Shouild hold for several years, but doubt much improvement.
Drank with grilled aged new york steak, decanted 1 hr. dark garnet color, nose of blackberry, floral and fruit and alcohol at first. round on the palate with moderatly dry taniic finish. Probably has a few more years on it. Not nearly as good as the Napa vineyard, but as I picked it up in an end of bin sale a few years ago it was good value for the money, not worth a restaurant purchase though.
A dark garnet color and a nose of blackberry with some floral notes - violet and rose. A fruit forward wine with a nice full mouth feel. On the palate blueberries and plum with moderate tannins leading to a somewhat dry finish. Wine could still go several more years but for the vintage and price there are a lot better options.
On first opening: Extracted nose of fresh fruit, with a touch of alcohol and definite oak. Did not decant. Wine is drinking well, now, fruit is fresh but still moderate tannin and acid. Lots of fruit still on the palate, but definitely developing a spicebox character with some toast and just a touch of something earth/leather. Long finish, fruity but more complex than that. Signs of age are staring but fruit is still fresh -- and some nice spiciness on the palate. Perhaps a touch alcoholic.
Dark ruby/purple color with a complex nose rich in minerals, leather and that iconic oak nuance that Silver Oak is known for. The palate is full-bodied with flavors of black currants, black berries, chocolate, and tobacco. This carries a certain level of intensity and grip yet delivers a certain elegance in terms of balance, length of finish, and suppleness. Drink from 2007 to 2015.
I brought this wine to my boss's house for a Christmas Party. We opened the bottle and greatly enjoyed it. Lots of fruit and oak. I'm not sure it lives up to the price, but a solid bottle none the less.
The best bottle of this vintage we've had yet. Enjoyed with Kim and good friend neighborbill and spouse Debbie before "Santaland Diaries" accompanied by heavy hors d'ouvers. Just an absolutely outstanding cab, not decanted but opened up three hours prior to drinking and this is really drinking prime right now. Very good, well balanced, smooth and somewhat muted elegant and complex Sonoma cab with at least 5 years more cellaring potential left. This vintage keeps getting better and better with every bottle we have. Very dark purple, good mouth feel, pleasant 30 - 45 second aftertaste. Nose surprisingly floral with hints of vanilla and muted oak. Primary flavors include balanced and not overpowering oak, terroir, tar, cassis and blueberry with hints of vanilla, smoke and black pepper developing on palate as wine opened up in glass. Too expensive to be a good QPR but as noted above just very good, highly recommend this.
Solid, but I think I enjoyed the 2001 a bit better. This wine is very representative of Alexander Valley cab in my experience. The tannins are big enough that they really should be paired with marbled beef (ribeye, prime, etc.).
Enjoyed with Kim earlier tonight after finishing decorating the Christmas tree and putting out the other Christmas decorations. Outstanding cab, not decanted but opened up two hours prior to drinking and this bottle is really drinking prime right now. Very good, well balanced, smooth and somewhat muted elegant and complex Sonoma cab with at least 5-10 years more cellaring potential left. This vintage keeps getting better and better with every bottle we have. Very dark purple, good mouth feel, pleasant 30 - 45 second aftertaste. Nose surprisingly floral with hints of vanilla and muted oak. Primary flavors include balanced and not overpowering oak, terroir, tar, cassis and blueberry with hints of vanilla, smoke and black pepper developing on palate as wine opened up in glass. Too expensive to be a good QPR but as noted above just very good, highly recommend this.
Magnum review: Very beautiful and complex nose. Really pleasant, integrated oak and ripe dark berry flavors. A hint of barnyard (I mean that in the positive Ch. Montelena sort of way) with casis, vanilla and sweet tar flavors and a long, very smooth finish. Definetly NOT overoaked. This is one of the best I've had. I purchased pre-arrival for $55 (120 for Mag) and definetly worth the price. This wine will hold 1-2 years but I'm going to drink this year.
Enjoyed 2 bottles last night with Kim and good friends at a dinner party at our house. Very good, well balanced, smooth and somewhat muted elegant and complex Sonoma cab, drinking very prime right now but has at least 5-10 years more cellaring potential left. Very dark purple, good mouth feel, pleasant 30 - 45 second aftertaste. Nose surprisingly floral with hints of vanilla and muted oak. Primary flavors include balanced and not overpowering oak, terroir, tar, cassis and blueberry with hints of vanilla, smoke and black pepper developing on palate as wine opened up in glass. Too expensive to be a good QPR but very good, drinking very well and highly recommend this.
Pleasing nose of strawberry and raspberry, embellished with hints of toast and oak and perfumy violets, yet the palate was surprisingly thin and resembled a pinot noir, which is what our blind tasting group assumed this may have been.
Drinks great now! Toasty cocconut oak flavors and complex dark berry fruit. Very harmonious and balanced for an expressive, oak driven wine. Long, complex finish. Does not need decanting but the 1st glass of sweet cocoa oak is fun but it expands to a beautiful wine for the rest of the bottle. This Silver Oaks is a winner.
After 20 minutes in the decanter the first glass was rich, a bit of grit and lots of toasted oak. The tannins were integrated. The oakiness went away with time and the wine paired perfectly with a massive pan seared T-Bone. Eighteen hours later with the second half still in the decanter in the cellar the wine did not improve, but is still very drinkable. No complaints here.
This is a GOOD wine, but that's it. This is the first time I've had the '02. Fruit is very muted to start. Some oakiness. Soft tannins. Finally, after about 2 hours the fruit starts to come through. But considering we decanted for 2 hours... that's too long.
Wasn't sure what to expect, the ratings are all over the place on this one. I don't see why some rated this so low, this is a wonderful wine in my opinion. This wine has a great nose of black currant, plum, vanilla, blackberry. On the palate is a beautiful integration of dark fruits and vanilla/cigar box and smooth tannin and finish. This is a much more fruit forward wine than any Silver Oak I can remember and perhaps this is the basis of most complaints. Definitely not a collectable wine, if you've got a lot of it, start drinking it because it's peaking. Reminds me a lot of some of the better Karl Lawrence cabernets.
Drank at a restaurant in the Outer Banks (with lamb). Nose: Not much coming through. my notes are limited since it was a dinner. Taste: Cedar, oak, vanilla, cherries. Good mouthfeel. Solid finish. Firm tannins. Poor QPR at $120 at the restaurant (even at $60 retail it's not as good as many $30 Napa/Sonoma Cabs).
Dark ruby wine, with a warm nose of crushed berries, vanilla and chocolate. Medium to full body with a supple texture and a medium-to-long finish. A little bit warm and showing its alcohol. Good, but not the best vintage of this wine. From now until 2011.
My first Silver Oak. I was a tad underwhelmed. Decanted and drank over 4 hours. The nose was not as expressive as I thought it would be. Definitely lots of oak. Dominated by vegetal aromas. Some tobacco and bell pepper, then chocolate later. On the palate, no where near as heavy as I thought it would be, but still nice creamy mouthfeel. Still fairly vegetal with some dark cherry flavors dancing in there. Nice finish. Good wine but definitely not blowing me away.
Dark purple color and a crisp nose of currents, dark berries with a tad of a blueberry highlight and some heat on the back end. Firm from beginning to end with a framework that almost overwhelmed the fruit...did not decant...and it was finished to quick...I think this needs a little time in the bottle as well as the decanter. Substance not revealed, but I did get a sense that it was there non the less...
On the nose there was lots of black fruit, black currant, plum, cherries, rich earthy soil, mushrooms, mold. Very dry, with soft, velvety tannins, med plus acidity with a long finish, first fruit and spices upfront then dust, earth, with a mineraly or tinny end. Very good quality, pre-phylloxera ungrafted vines.
I've had some older SO's that I've enjoyed, but the recent releases almost always disappoint. I have found SO to be consistently over-oaked, over-hyped and over-priced. But alot of folks are happily buying and consuming them. No right or wrong ... To each their own
Drank 2 bottles over dinner at a friend's house. Eminently forgettable. Opened and drank almost straight from the wine cellar but I don't think this was the problem. The second bottle took us through the cheese and it still left almost no mark on us. A shame because I've enjoyed this much more in the past.
Bought at Boccaccio in Baltimore with dinner for $130. Nice balance with restrained vanilla, oak and red fruit on the palate. Short finish and ultimately not enough fruit to be interesting. Why on earth is this so popular? There are MANY better wines available for less than half the price. The guys who rated this 95-96 points need to get out more often.
The last time I had this wine was in January of 2006 and it seemed just 'ok' back then. Quite a different experience this time around. This bottle had a nice nose of dark fruits mixed with vanilla. Very smooth on the palate and brings in a silky finish at the end. Very nice.
Drank at Hula Grill in Maui. Nose of black currant, dark ripe cherries and blackberries. Flavours of dark fruit with some spice. Basic and one dimensional. Palate coating mouth feel. Few tannins. Heat on the short boozy finish.
Pretty solid cabernet - wasnt over-oaked and didnt have any dill notes. Dry and austere on the finish, this cab sports some solid Cali typicity of currant and dark red fruit. Would buy more if sub-$30/35 - alas, this is a $50-60 wine.
Had at a Silver Oak/Twomey tasting at the Wineyard in Thousand Oaks.
Typical Silver Oak Alexander Valley - very good overall, with that nose and finish indicitive of Silver Oak. Only very, very tannic, to the point where it nips your taste buds. Finish not all that long. Somewhat disappointed, really. For the price I would be in a world of pain...many many wines at this price point that I would rather have.
Dark ruby color. I didn't want to like this wine, but it had everything one should expect - good black fruit, nice structure, and medium length finish. There is a little too much oak for me, but it isn't overextracted or over-ripe. If this was available for ~$40, I would buy it for myself.
Absolutely fantastic. Tons of structure, very intricate and balanced with a small nose. Tastes like it's been aged much longer than the two weeks since purchase. It'll be interesting to see how this ages though it's so open that it'll be tough to hold out.
Deep color. Delicious fragrance and luscious taste that exhibits balance, depth and finesse. Seems to be a step or two above the 2001 which was also an excellent Cab. Would definitely purchase again (particularly as an expense account or special occassion item).
I tasted my first bottle of Silver Oak probably two years ago. So this is not the first having it but rather the first time reviewing it. Ever since that first taste I have fallen in love with this wine. Between its vibrant nose, hidden complexities, and amazingly well balanced palate this wine ranks itself among the best year after year. The nose alone on this wine can keep you tranfexed for hours. It is big with ripe fruits of plums, cherries, and blackberries all the while have a perfect lace of old world oak (subtle sents of chocolate and tobacco can be noticed in the background). Being a big bodied red Cabernet Sauvignon the palate fills the mouth but yet at the same time does not overwhelm. The oak through the nose is not over powered, like a lot of california wines often have, but instead causes the wine to have a great balanced fiance. The fruit comes and goes with hints of spices between the waves of flavor. The finish is long and smooth with a decent amount of tannins that are not tight but rather show that the wine could age in a cellar if wished. This wine is great either drank on its own or can handle up to some big dishes like prime rib, herb encrusted lamb, or a hearty beef stew. I have found this wine also can pair wonderfully with wild game like elk, buffalo, or bear. Remember the wine is both big with a smooth palate giving it some great versatility. With my budget this wine tends to be a celebration or special occasion wine but is well worth the price. Personally, this 2002 vintage is one of my favorites that I have experienced from Silver Oak.
As expected. It had all the pieces there and was well made and tasted great. for one of our companions it was an epiphany. I thought it excellently made but had hoped for a bit of extraordinary and special.
Blackberries and cassis bouquet. Cherry, chewy, elegant, complex, dry, and a long finish . Spectacular flavors - I envisioned a great steak to be paired with this. Worth every penny that I paid for this wine. Decanted less than an hour at my party - glad to share with my friends as some had tasted this wine for the very first time - it was a great intro to Silver Oak.
Pop & pour. Wine is open & ready to drink. Aromas of nice soft oak & fruit fills the glass. On the palate, black fruit (blackberry, blueberry), ripe cassis, cedar, and hint of vanilla & spice on the finish. Very elegant and smooth, bordeaux like. Extremely satisfying. Quite enjoyable. Nice CA Cab at reasonable pricing.
Drank at Devon with pepper crusted ahi tuna and vegetable risotto. This is drinking beautifully even for a young cab. Start to finish it's velvety smooth with black fruit. Tannins are fine but it finishes a little short. Should continue to age beautifully.
Dark ruby color. Aromas of berries with vanilla and hay. Jammy flavors of cherries, blackberries and cassis, medium body, slightly chewy tannins, toasty flavors on the finish: vanilla and mocha. Very, very enjoyable. Wants simple food, not heavy or pungent.
Tasted at the winery. Dark cherry nose. On the palate, this wine exhibits notes of blackberry jam and milk chocolate. Rich and creamy texture. Medium-full body. Some tannin on the finish. My one complaint is that the wine did not seem to improve in the glass; over a period of 15 minutes or so, the wine started to shut down and I began to detect some stemmy favors. Quite honestly, the first sip was the best, which is what the score is based upon.
A friend from a local wine shop brought over a bottle on pre-release. So it was a touch young, but totally drinkable. Some fruit but more rich, slightly-chewy earthy flavors. Tasted a touch of cocoa in there. My wife said it tasted of trees and mulch.