At twenty six years, this was showing its age in the rust brickish color showing on the edges. Muted upon opening, the expressive signature layers of 'silver' oak emerged and amplified over the course of the evening. The slightly astringent acidic black berry fruit was punctuated by a layer of leather, earthy tobacco leaf and black tea before giving way to the layer of oak that permeated the finish. This was a special bottle that showed its heritage and terroir well.
Have cellared these since mid 90's purchase. Cork was perfect. Good colour, pale at the rim Wine has plenty of yummy blackcurrant / cassis flavour. Tannin firm but in balance - plenty of clean fruit and really a nice bottle of wine.
Finally broke down and opened the last of these bottles of 1989 Silver Oak, Alexander Valley, that I have held since they were released. I was certain it would be maderized, but that was not the case. Fruit is mostly gone, just a very light nose and initial casis flavors, somewhat tannic midrange, and moderately long, non descript finish. Not unpleasant, somewhat interesting, and worth the effort to open the difficult cork which required some effort to remove. Only about 10 years past its prime.
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