2002 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Alexander Valley cuvee is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in new oak. The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley offers abundant quantities of spice, vanillin, cedar, herbs, and smoke, soft, round, creamy-textured flavors, good black cherry and currant notes, and a spicy, medium-bodied, easy-going personality. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright right red-ruby. Aromas of currant, chocolate, graphite, cedar and menthol, with a powerful overlay of pungent American oak. Round, ripe and surprisingly creamy and generous in the mouth, with fruit-driven flavors of currant, graphite and chocolate. Finishes with substantial, building oak tannins that manage to avoid coming off as dry.
Supple, with creamy vanilla and mocha oak providing a nice flavor dimension, joining dried currant, anise and sage flavors.