So let me start that this is so far the oldest cab that I have tasted. I found this bottle in a local liquor store sitting tucked away in the back of the store. BTW - the store was anything but climate controlled. Southern CA near the ocean so I guess the temperature swings were 65 to maybe 82. The bottle (capsule and cork) looked intact. It sold for approximately 50% of the lowest wine searcher value so I thought I would give it a try.
OK - So upon opening the cork crumbled some what but I got it out. Somewhat of a sweet fragrant nose. I let it breathe in a glass for about 20 minutes and tried it. Very soft tannins, mild oak and I think a very distinct taste of vanilla! Very different from the more recent vintage cabs that I have tried. It is not bold by any means but subdued and consuming. I like it!
Tony, if you liked it you should try their 2006. Very similar profile to the 2001, just dialed down a little compared to a properly stored 2001. (I used to have a decent amount of Silver Oak AV up to a couple years ago.)
Yes, Tony, they are pretty solid on the vanilla component, but I’m surprised a bit that a 15 year old Silver Oak still has vanilla so prevalent. I’m a fan of aged Silver Oak - my wife is a fan of young Silver Oak. Guess how many aged bottles we have in our house?
Thanks for the feedback. As I mentioned this was the oldest cab I have had so far and with the questionable storage conditions, I was curious if it was “off center” from where it should be. I am pleased with it - in fact a I am enjoying a 2nd day glass right now with no improvement / degradation over last night. I might just go back to snag another bottle or two!
Yes - I am relatively early on in my wine tasting experience (not age unfortunately!). This was a bit of an experiment for me but an enjoyable one! I have a 2001 Spottswoode Estate in the queue for me to try next.
I really enjoyed their wines in the 80’s. As I recall, there was a marked style change when the 1994 was released. I believe part of it was a style change and probably at least as big of a change was a change in vineyard source ( I believe this occurred around that time).
I think the “change” referenced here occurred with the transition of winemaking duties from Justin Meyer to Daniel Baron. IIRC this was with the 93 vintage but may be off by a year. The Justin Meyer made Silver Oaks of the 80’s and early 90’s were tremendous.
The Silver Oak hallmark to the Wine Weasles starting back in the 80’s was a pickle barrel nose, courtesy of American oak aging.
Bonny’s was identifiable by the additional herbal/vegetal quality. I was told the vineyard surrounding the Myer’s house was so close to the river, there was lots of water and vigor contributing factors to its distinctiveness.