1996 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-red. Spicy aromas of cassis, black plum, black cherry, roasted nuts and shoe polish. Fat and sweet, with good depth of flavor and harmonious acidity. Thick but ripe tannins coat the tongue.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, .5% Merlot, and 1.5% Petit Verdot) has a dark ruby/plum color and a gorgeous, complex nose of cedar, spice box, cherries, jammy plums and cassis. The wine is fleshy, medium to full-bodied, seductive, and filled with glycerin. The finish is all silk.
Scents of dill, coconut and dried currant carry over to the palate, offering intensity and depth, yet finishing with a firm wall of tannins. (Web-2007)