1994 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc) reveals toasty sweet oak in the nose, bombastic levels of black currant fruit and spice along with a hint of mint in the background. Supple and full-bodied, with delirious levels of cedar and unctuously-textured fruit, this fleshy, gorgeously made Cabernet Sauvignon should drink well for 14-15 years. ... WS 91 (10/1998): Complex and sophisticated, with layers of concentrated currant, herb, coffee, sage, mineral and spice flavors that fan out and linger on the finish. A wonderfully textured wine with a strong dose of American oak. Best from 2000 through 2008. ... IWC 90+ (6/1999): Ruby-red color. Very ripe aromas of roasted plum, red raspberry, maple syrup, smoke and scotch. Dense but bright and youthful. Flavors are still rather primary and high-pitched. Finishes rather tannic, but the tannins are smooth. This wine should undergo an interesting evolution in bottle-in contrast to some past vintages of this wine, which have not gained noticeably in complexity with bottle aging.