Silver Oak's 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon artfully combines the classic elegance of the old world and the ripe fruit of California. It displays an opaque garnet color with a bouquet driven by fruity aromas of blackberry liqueur and hoisin sauce. It also offers the savory components of sage and molasses. These complex aromatics are complemented by sandalwood and nutmeg characteristics indicative of American oak aging. This is a well-structured wine with a compact and rich mid-palate buttressed by silky tannins and generous acidity. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2037.
93 points Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
An excellent performance from a wonderful growing season, the 2012 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon demonstrates a beautiful synergy between a top winery and Mother Nature. The wine offers abundant ripe red and black fruit, a pleasing suggestion of coconut from the oak, and a long and luxurious finish. (Tasted: January 11, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
90 points Wine Spectator
Notes of dill, herb and vanilla bean-scented oak lead to an elegant array of dark berry, herb, cedar, gravelly earth and underbrush flavors. The tannins cling a bit, but this is an enjoyable and approachable youngster, with a track record for aging. Drink now through 2028.