Dark Ruby to garnet color and a complex nose of blackbery jam, chocolate, roasted coffee, sandalwood and nutmeg. It has a full body and a rich elegant finish with nicely integrated tannins. It will continue to get smoother over the next months and will improve for 15-20 years.
Robert ParkerThe 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley is performing far better after a year of bottle age. This dark ruby/purple-colored, seductive wine offers blazingly intense aromas of cigar box, smoky oak, and jammy black currants with a hint of Provencal herbs. Ripe and full-bodied, with low acidity, and a fleshy, succulent texture, it is a wine to drink over the next 14-15 years. Silver Oak wines are supple, explosively fruity, and deliver copious quantities of glycerin, extract, and richness wrap...
International Wine CellarRating: 85/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 90, May/June 2000. Medium red-ruby. Dark fruit aromas overwhelmed by tar and scotch oak tones, plus charry notes of dark chocolate and coffee bean. Juicy but dry and lacking flesh; where's the fruit? The slightly green finish is dried by oak. This was rather lean a year ago from barrel, and appears not to have entirely survived the extended sojourn in wood. I may be congenitally unable to appreciate the Silver Oak style.