By Robert Farmer
Sitting as it was without bothering anybody in my wine
cellar, the bottle of 1999 Silver Oak had been resisted long enough. So on
Christmas last year, I decided the time was right to open ‘er up.
Frankly, I have not been the rabid advocate for Silver Oak as are many folks
among the legion of fans the winery can proudly claim. I’ve been
impressed, but also under whelmed by some vintages. And while I know the oak
notes are the wines’ signature, my experience has occasionally been akin
to running headlong into an oak barrel.
On Christmas night I figured I ought to decant. Turned out
to be a good call. Because with plenty of air, the wine simply blossomed to
life: gorgeous color, expressive fruit, hints of spice, concentrated and
superbly balanced, lingering finish and with just the ideal amount of oak.
Simply put, it was sublime. The life of the party. And it reminded me I need to
visit the folks at S.O. again soon.
What better time than on February 9th
, when the
winery celebrates the opening of its new Oakville facility as well as the
release of the 2004 cab. Release Day is open to the public for a tasting
fee of $30 per person. Locations for the event are 915 Oakville Crossroad in
Oakville and 24625 Chianti Road in Geyserville. www.silveroak.com