Typical reliable Silver Oak. Took a while to open up but eventually evolved into a lovely cab with a nice rounded mouthfeel. Nice smoky vanilla elements with full on cherry and plum fruit flavours. Not great value for money though at £90 a bottle (in London).
This wine developed greatly over the period of around an hour and a half. I had the first glass immediately upon opening the bottle. The color (garnet) suggested a much older vintage. The opening aroma was black cherries, tart cherries, and butterscotch. At first the wine was a little flat on the finish for a bottle at this price point. By the second glass the wine had opened up considerably; it now had floral essences, and an undertone of soft oak. By the third glass, throughout the second half of the bottle; the wine had developed into an amazing example of old-world style expressed beautifully by new-world grapes: rich, yet smooth, undertones of pine sap, and an intense lingering finish of tart cherries, rosemary, and mild vanilla. A fantastic wine!
Jammy and fruity and typical of California Cabernets. There is nothing special about this wine, but at least you know what to expect. It did pair well with the Argentine lamb as the fruit contrasted the garlicky marinade and the acidity cut through the fat.
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(Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley) Very dark ruby color; ripe blackberry, black currant, boysenberry, vanilla nose; tight, ripe black currant, cassis, berry, blackberry palate with sweet, firm tannins; needs 3-4 years and should go 20-plus; medium-plus finish 92+ points (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot; 13.9% alcohol)
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