2006 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine & Spirits
This is a dark fruited and floral 2006, with more of the tobacco and green herb character than most growers in Napa Valley allow Cabernet to express. That varietal character adds complexity and firm structure to a rich and sleek wine. cellar it for several years to let the oak integrate into fruit, then serve with prime rib.
*Cellar Selection* A good wine, with jammy Cabernet flavors of blackberries, cassis and savory spices. It's fairly low in alcohol, with a brisk, clean scour, but tannic and astringent. Feels immature even at the age of nearly five years, but it should develop. Give it another six years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, deep red-ruby. Oak aromas of black cherry, coffee and graphite. Juicy, tight and firmly built, with black fruit flavors currently overshadowed by exotic oak tones. Shows a restrained sweetness but avoids the dryness of so many 2006 Cabernets. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins. (ST)
The unmistakable signature of vanilla bean and coconut scents fold in nicely with taut yet supple tiers of cedar, black cherry, currant and berry jam notes. Full-bodied, ending with firm, structured tannins. (JL)
The 2006 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The winery suggests that with proper cellaring it should drink well through 2026.