Nice fairly dark red fruit, really smooth mid-palate but not much depth, and fairly long/deep finish. The tannins are integrated quite well - I can't see this vintage getting better with more time. Drank next to a 2012 Quivet Kenefick cab and 2012 Lewelling cab which were quite a bit better -deeper and more vibrant.
First off I am not much for cabs or California but this was an all American night. We ran this through a vinturi and decanted for an hour. It really needed 2-3 hours to open up and it did so nicely. Nose of cured meats and some tobacco on the palate. Enough tannins to go a few more years for sure. Some glycerin silliness but not overdone. I still think I like the Napa better but this is certainly a better value. Good complement to tenderloin.
This is the first Silver Oak I have had in my inventory is a while. This one is good. I disagree with some other recent reviewers. I had this bottle in a restaurant with no decant. It was very good after only being opened for 45 minutes or so. I assume this was not true a year or two ago. Big on the dark berries. I say drink this one now.....it will last a good while, but would seem unlikely to improve from here.
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