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.
Plenty of fruit left in this but not much backbone. Was pleasantly surprised that this was still in OK shape. Medium purple color showed no signs of age. Took about an hour after decanting for the nose to reveal perfume and floral notes. Reminiscent of cherry and raspberry on the palate with a touch of oak but the tannins are gone, making this a bit thin.
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