Stored at 55 degrees, humidity controlled, since release. Relatively little sediment upon decanting. Nose is lovey cabernet cassis, elegant but subdued. On the palate, this wine follows the nose -- elegant but not deep or complex enough to reach the 95 + level. Still drinking well, but probably will not improve, although 24 hours later (gassed) this bottle was almost as good as an hour after opening.
Nice. Color only modestly bricked. Modest nose that is more in line with a bottle of this age. I found this best at the pop and pour phase and decreased in quality with extended air time (750 ml bottle). Mild tannins, though a touch more than typical for a Cali cab of this age. Nice bottle from a nice year, though I preferred a couple other 85s I had recently (Forman and Phelps Backus Vineyard). This is holding up well and probably has a few more years. I wish there was a bit more complexity.
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(Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley) Bricking medium dark red violet color; mature, tart green olive, black tobacco, tart plum nose; tart plum, tart currant, olive, cedar palate with medium acidity; should go 10-12 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points (13.1% alcohol)