Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
Wine AdvocateThe Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is more limited in availability than the Alexander Valley, but there are now close to 33,000 cases being produced. The 2001 (31,430 cases of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot) offers a big, smoky, herb, black currant, tobacco, spice box, and barbecue spice-scented bouquet, and broad, medium to full-bodied, concentrated, sweet, jammy flavors with plenty of sexy, toasty American oak in the background. It is a hedonistic fleshpot of a wine to drink now and over the next 10-12 years.
Wine SpectatorNotable for its smoky coconut, vanilla bean and wood aromas, the currant and herb notes work in well with the wood on the palate, ending with a dry chicory aftertaste. Drink now through 2012. 30,000 cases made.