2008 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.silveroak.com

There’s no question that Silver Oak winery is one of the most premiere brands in the entire New World of wine. It’s been around over 40 years and has garnered acclaim from all over the world. While it doesn’t have the Meyer family involved anymore, its mission hasn’t changed – produce age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa and surrounding appellations.

Technical Data:

  • Appellation Alexander Valley
  • Composition 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Bottle Sizes 750ml, 1.5 L Magnum, 3 L Double Magnum, 6 L Imperial
  • Alcohol 13.9%
  • Release Day August 4, 2012
  • Price: $70

Nose: Charred blackberry, bramble, catchers mit, black pepper, skid marks, fresh tar, blackened raspberry, cola and flint.

Taste: Silver oak with the emphasis on oak is going on here. 2 years on 100% new American Oak really pokes through like a turtle head coming out. All kinds of road tar, tobacco, charred blackberry, dark chocolate, shoe polish and leather going on here. Clearly, this is a wine that’s designed to lay down at least 10 years, preferably 20. It’s a serious cab – a bit too much oak for my palate, however, judging it now would be liken to trying to predict how one’s kid would look as an adult.