Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
Wine AdvocateThe large-scaled, deep ruby/garnet-colored 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley is broad, dense, and rich, with flamboyant oak in evidence. The noticeable firm tannin should melt away with another 1-2 years of aging. The 2001 should drink well for 6-10 years. My wine group recently did a vertical of all the Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, which proved several things. First, this is a surprisingly erratic producer. While some terrific efforts are produced, other wines have matured and faded quickly. Vintages since the mid-nineties have not been as intensely flavored, but they are still very good. This is generally an oaky (American wood), flashy, easy to drink offering.
Wine SpectatorAromas of dill, macaroon and coconut fold in nicely with a rich band of currant, plum and black cherry fruit. Excellent structure, depth and concentration, ending with firm, chewy tannins. Best to cellar short-term. Best from 2006 through 2012.