Silver Oak’s 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley was a minor revelation. The 2006 is something different. Much tighter on release, this year’s release is showing much more herbal character, with a distinct lavender bent, atop a moderately tannic core. An hour in the glass and it isn’t really opening up much. I do have a fondness for the herb notes, but they come at the expense of fruit. The finish is quite a curiosity with touches of mint, chocolate, and wood, but it’s not really in balance they way it ought to be.
B+ / $60 / silveroak.com
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