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2008 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine of the Day: 2008 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Over the course of wine month, we've discovered each of us gravitates toward certain varietals in our wine collection. I'm usually not one to crave a red wine in the middle of the afternoon, but a bone-chilling day in San Francisco called for a robust bottle of red to warm the office.

Thinking we were in for a heavy, tannic Cab, I reached to open the 2008 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($70) for a little office tasting. To our surprise, the wine was surprisingly mellow, with brandied cherries, cinnamon, and chocolate hitting the nose and palate. I was fully anticipating a mouth-puckering, fuzzy-sweater finish, but the tannin finish was velvety, leaving only a subtle trace of its presence behind.

Midtasting, I noticed something very rare take place: tasters lingered around the bottle, refilling their glasses with another splash until the bottle reached its last drop in record time, a clear indicator that the wine is worth its weightier price tag. I returned to my desk a little warmer — and with a greater understanding of the potential of an Alexander Valley Cabernet.

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