1987 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1987 Napa Valley Cabernet offers more of a black fruit character in the nose and less of the herbaceous, spicy component found in the Alexander Valley. It is also a bit denser, more tannic, and slightly deeper and more ageworthy than the Alexander Valley. Irresistibly precocious, it can now be guzzled with great pleasure, but it could be cellared for at least a decade. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium-deep red with an amber rim. High-toned aromas of currant, tobacco, cedar, green bean, stewed tomato and scotch. Tart and on the lean side, with modest sweetness and flesh. This still offers good freshness for '87 thanks to brisk acids, yet the flavors are rather green and pinched. Finishes with firm tannins that avoid dryness.
From Silver Oak's library notes: "The 1987 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a ruby-red color with brown edges. It has a complex nose of dried blackberries, cloves, and dill. This wine has a silky attack, medium body, with a tart, medium length finish."