1999 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Rich, full nose combines roasted currant, cedar, spice box, chocolate mint, coconut and smoky oak, along with a lightly leafy quality. The lushest and fullest wine of this tasting, with the most harmonious combination of fruit and acidity. Dense but firm and nicely delineated. Finishes with fine, spreading tannins that coat the mouth and teeth.
Supple-textured, complex and balanced, with spicy dill, coconut, plum and dried currant fruit that picks up a touch of anise, ending with grainy tannins. (Web-2009)
Blended with 8% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. Winery tasting notes: "The 1999 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a garnet color. It possesses an expressive nose of cassis syrup, cloves, sandalwood and black licorice. This wine has an incredibly rich fruit-sweet attack, full body and an extremely long finish of ripe fruit and chocolate. This Cabernet will continue to improve until 2026 given proper cellaring."