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.
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). Drink now through 2014. (Web-2011)