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1978 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Alexander Valley
Drink between 1987 - 2010 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 11

  • Seth Rosenberg Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 14, 2020 - Day 4. Still holding up since being opened although it has lost a step. Deep plummy fruit with some black currant, lots of spice (some of it a remainder of the american oak), some herbal. This flirts with pruney at points but just manages to hold on. A little bit in the glass gets sweeter with some wild strawberry and a bit of heat and still the spice. The palate is similiar - dark fruit, spice, herbal - showing more green now. This is plush and deep - with the age and time opening showing bones a bit (heat and angularity), but still this is really enjoyable. The finish is red fruit, spice and a little varnish/VA. Last bottle (I think) from a case that dad bought near release - still had the $14.45 price tag on it. They don't make them like the used to ... that's for sure. A number of bottles of this from the early 90's to the late 00's were just killer. Nose - 5/6, palate - 5/6, Finish - 5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 16/20.

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  • wgilbert3 Likes this wine: 95 points

    January 19, 2020 - Decanted and let sit for more than 2 hours, even then it was just starting to open. Had with dinner after being open 3-4 hours and it was sublime: complex nose with some fruit, leather, hints of mushroom? On the palate, silky smooth and complex: lots of layers into a medium finish.

  • Silkeyj Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 24, 2019 - Ruby to light orange at the meniscus. Sediment. Nose is baked apricot, light cherry and raspberry, almost plastic candy smell. Wow. So many layers. All of the above, touch of tannin, smooth mouthfeel, long finish. Another treat to taste.

  • wgilbert3 Likes this wine: 91 points

    January 20, 2019 - Cork was intact but hard to remove. Filtered and decanted. Initially, very flat, almost nothing on the nose or palate. But after 90 minutes or a little more, it began to open up and was lovely until finished at 3 hours. After open, the nose had nice leather, spice and some fruit. Raisin, some dark fruit, hints of oak and leather on the palate. Very nice, just needs time to wake up!

  • oldwines Likes this wine: 94 points

    November 15, 2014 - Decanted at 5 PM and drunk over the next four hours. Lovely medium dark garnet color with little sign of age just a hint of brick on the edge. Nose is prototypical Silver Oak with lots of vanilla, licorice, dark black plum and a hint of tobacco. The palate reflects the nose with the dark fruit, licorice, vanilla and an element of earthiness and richness that seemed best as the last glass or two was drunk. Delicious both with grilled steak and without food as well.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/22/2012 (link) 93 points

    (Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley) Bricked medium dark red violet color; appealing, redolent, maturing, ripe cassis, baked cherry, raspberry, cedar, plum sauce nose; tasty, maturing but with signs of youth yet, tart cassis, tart currant, tart cherry, cedar palate; medium-plus finish (12% alcohol)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1978
  • Type Red
  • Producer Silver Oak
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Alexander Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1 (1%)
  • In Cellars 96 (73%)
  • Consumed 35 (27%)

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