Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 89844
  • RP91
  • WS90
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Number 21 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!

Silver Oak has consistently produced some of the most sought-after, highly regarded Cabernet Sauvignons in the world. Since the early 1970's, their goal has been to craft full-flavored Cabernets with velvety soft textures. The zealous devotion of their customers is a testament to their success. True to the Silver Oak style, the 2002 is an opulent wine with dark chocolate, berry liqueur and black plum flavors and aromas. A great vintage, a great wine – for the wine enthusiast, collector or as the perfect gift.

Silver Oak Cellars 2002 Napa Valley is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. It was blended in early 2003 and transferred from tank to 100% new American oak barrels for aging. Silver Oak blends prior to barreling to achieve a balance of the wine's natural elements, such as fruit and tannin, before they are influenced by oak. The wine is aged in barrel for approximately 25 months to harmonize its components, and another 20 months in bottle before its release.

Silver Oak 2002 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an opulent wine of great depth and concentration. It displays a dark, garnet color and aromas of black plum, cassis liqueur, rose petals, nutmeg and sandalwood. The palate offers a mouth-coating texture and a wonderful progression of flavors from berry fruit to tobacco to dark chocolate, culminating in an extraordinarily long finish reminiscent of a dark chocolate truffle filled with berry liqueur. Properly cellared, it should provide drinking pleasure until 2028.

Critical Acclaim

"Not surprisingly, my favorite Napa bottling is the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and a dollop of Petit Verdot. Aromas of olive-tinged, creme de cassis intermixed with sweet vanillin and smoky oak lead to a sweet, chunky, ripe, cedary wine with an attractive texture, an expansive, fruit-forward style, and a spicy finish. It should drink well for 10-12 years. "
91 Points

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Oenophile - New York, NY (read all my reviews)

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(9/28/2010)
Great bottle, Let this one breath for a few hours. Great balance achieved
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(9/29/2010)
I gave this wine to my boyfriend for Valentine's Day and he loved it. I took a chance and bought it after I read the reviews, I don't know much about wine myself but it turned out to be amazing in fact he went out looking for another bottle the next day!
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WineGuyNJ - Thorofare, NJ (read all my reviews)

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(9/22/2010)
My wife and i have just gotten into wine. This was our first substantial bottle of wine for christmas. To say it made our even more plesant would be an understatment.
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ZINO GRECO - Freehold, NJ (read all my reviews)

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(9/28/2010)
WELL, WE MUST START OFF BY SAYING, NOT JUST HAS THE WORD GOT AROUND, BUT ITS TASTE HAS TOO. ITS NOT GOOD, ITS GREAT. A WINE LIKE THIS COMES AROUND ONLY ONCE IN A WHILE. JUMP ON THE BANK WAGON, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. BUY ONE, AT LEAST. YOU MUST OTHERWISE, WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT. THIS WINE IS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT. THOSE AT THE TOP ARE ALWAYS LOOKED UP TO. THIS ONE IS ON TOP.
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GNorton - Las Vegas, NV (read all my reviews)

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