Back when Silver Oak was in its prime they had this amazing ability to produce wines that were drinkable upon release but also rewarded extended cellar time. This 1997 is an excellent late-period example of that phenomenon. It was delicious when I bought a half case on release. It was delicious 8 years ago, when it was "showing lots of dark berry fruit, but also exhibiting the earth, cedar, and leather of maturity." And it was delicious tonight. Still a considerable amount of black fruits, including plum, black cherry, black currant, but also cedar, leather, and tobacco. Sadly, I'm down to my last bottle. I'll probably drink it in 2017, which I think it will make easily. Grade: A
I served it with a steak and shiitake mushroom saute and green beans and shallots in a lemon vinaigrette from Small Plates, Perfect Wines: Creating Little Dishes with Big Flavors. Highly recommended.