2001 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley (by the way, all of the Alexander Valley offerings are 100% Cabernet Sauvignon) has a big, sweet, oaky nose and a seductive panoply of spices from cedarwood to plum pudding and fruitcake notes. It is a sexy, sensual, broad, flavorful Cabernet lacking serious depth, but offering attractive fruit, plenty of ripeness, and a big wallop of American oak. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium-deep red. Exotic American oak tones of bourbon, coconut and cocoa butter dominate the nose. Then fat, lush, suave and dry, with no excess weight. Impressive more for its mid-palate texture than its fruit. Most complex today on the back end, which features broad, fine tannins and notes of cherry, candied raspberry, milk chocolate, espresso and bourbon. A very good vintage for this bottling.
Aromas of zucchini bread and fruitcake (in a good way), with a ginger-, dill- and dried-fruit spiciness. Smooth in texture, firming on the finish and starting to dry out, so best to pop the cork soon. —2001 California Cabernet blind retrospective (June 2011). (Web-2011)