Opened another bottle today with a beef dinner. The wine seemed somewhat flat upon opening but was a bit better with food. However, some of that intensity that I tasted while sampling at Silver Oak was back after about an hour. This bottle seemed better than the one I opened last year.
Nose is dusty with cedar, saddle leather, cherry, and some funk. The palate has dark cherry, hint of mint, black tea, and some dried leather. Guessing this is an older wine (20+years) as the tannins almost resolved. Not too complex, finish a bit short.
My Ranking: 5th out of 9 bottles Group Ranking: 6th (3-way tie) out of 9 bottles
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(Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley) Medium dark red violet color; appealing, mature, tart currant, cedar, tart plum nose; mature, tart currant, cedar, tart plum palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points
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