The 2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a vibrant, elegant expression of this classic appellation from a cooler vintage. It has a deep garnet color and an enticing nose of cassis liqueur, blueberry coulis, tobacco, tarragon and roasting coffee. The seamless palate starts with a berry-laden attack, follows with a full-bodied mid-palate, and ends with a long, savory finish with fine-grained, well-integrated tannins. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2031.
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herb crusted prime rib of beef
Well, here we are, I have been sipping and savoring Silver Oak Cabernets since the mid-1970's. My notebooks tell me that I have tasted almost every vintage. The '10 Alexander Valley is pretty fine and shows just how far this iconic winery has come. This is a complete wine- ripe red currants, sweet American oak and supple tannins. Drinks fine now and will age up to 2025.
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I was a big time fan of Silver Oak back in their heyday of the mid-90's, but more recently, they had dropped off quite a bit with most of their wines being too austere without enough fruit intensity. I was pleasantly surprised by the 2010 Alexander Valley cuvee. Nice fruit flavors (red raspberries, perhaps) balance out the aromatics in this wine. Not as much intensity as I'd like, personally, but quite enjoyable.