*1997 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon
Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, USA 1997
The 1997 Napa Valley is a wine of extraordinary intensity and depth. It has a very dark garnet color and a concentrated nose of cassis, roasting coffee, chocolate, violets and sandalwood. It is extremely rich on the palate, with a full body and a long, fruity intense finish. This Cabernet will continue to improve for 15 to 17 years given proper cellaring.
The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa looks to be one of the finest wines made by the winemaking team of proprietor Justin Meyer and winemaker/viticulturist Daniel Baron. The 1997 Napa is an impressive effort. A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this wine has a flamboyant nose of fruitcake, licorice, Asian spice, black currants, and toasty wood. Deep, opulent, viscous, intense, chewy, and thick, it is a classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon made in an all-American oak lovers' style. It should drink well for 12-15 years. (RP)
The allure of California’s premier wine region proving irresistible, Silver Oak Napa Valley was first produced in 1979, just seven years after our inaugural North Coast vintage. Upon visiting, one needn’t be an expert to perceive Napa Valley’s power as a wine place. The tight, linear valley is framed by tree-covered mountains on two sides, focusing the panorama’s inherent energy and intensity in way that produces wines of similar attributes. A sprawling river of vines flows broadly across the valley floor before swelling up the rocky benchlands. Up on the mountainsides, vineyards become more sparse, little specs of brightness amidst the darker forest green. There’s undeniable grace here, but also palpable magnitude. Sourcing from vineyards across these diverse locales, our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon both harnesses and reflects the region.