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South jordan, UT
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September 2007
About me in 10 words or less 
Sr Mgmt in IT, wine lover & collector, wine art collector
My hometown 
Hamburg, MI
My favorite wines 
Reds, Ports, and Sauternes, Barsac, and other Late Harvest
My favorite foods 
Italian, Chinese, BBQ
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Wine Zap, Wine Searcher, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator
When I am not on WineZap, I..., play golf and ice hockey, and drink copious amounts of wine!
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  1997 - Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa
 Aug 28, 2008

1 star 1 star


Well, with the recent talk here on WineZap, I pulled out the last bottle of 1997 Silver Oak Napa. Removed the cork and all was well. Poured the wine and still had a deep garnet red color. Swirled in the glass and then a wiff..."Oh no" I thought. And with a taste, my fears were being lived. Past peak and on the down hill slide.

My wife suggested running a glass through the helped...a little. After about 30 minutes, some character came back, but nothing like I remember.

The nose was muted. A hint of oak and an earthiness, followed by alcohol. On the palate, some berries came through but severely lacked the 'normal' strong blackberry flavors from this Silver Oak.

Suggest to drink now or risk never drinking... :+(

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  1996 - Van Asperen Merlot
 May 21, 2008

1 star 1 star


Had this wine for the first time years ago at a local restaurant in San Jose, CA. Enjoyed the 1995 Cab as well at the same place. Enjoyed both so much I drove to Napa and picked up a case of each. 5 bottles of the Merlot remain..and it is time to drive...and maybe even dispose of some.

I had not opened a bottle of this in 3 or 4 years. The color is fading...almost a Pinot Noir color and lacking any opaqueness. With just a splash in the glass, sort of a blood orange color with an overall dark burnt orange color. At first I thought it may just have been a bad bottle. Checked the cork and everything looked fine and the oder was not foul.

The scent was heavily subdued from what I remembered of this wine. More floral now than fruit nosed. Slight prune and cherry licorice comes through.

On the palate, mostly the alcohol comes through. There is 'some sort of fruit' there but the alcohol ,and 'hotness' from that, is overwhelming.

Very disappointing. I will open another bottle this weekend and see if perhaps this was an anomaly or if this wine is now well past its prime. I'll update the review if I find anything different. Previouslt this would have been a 3.75 start wine. The Cab was a firm 4 for me.

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