05 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet ($129)  ☺☺☺☺☺

Out first 5 smiley face wine for 2013 and what a great wine it was. Complex nose involving blackcurrant, cigar box, cedar and tobacco. The taste continually evolved as the wine aged in the glass and gave hints of hints of tobacco leaf, mint and herbs. The tannins were still firm but wonderfully smoothed as you would expect from a wine improving year on year. The winemakers claim this will go to 2032 !. We drank it with a rich beef wellington and it was the perfect compliment.

© John Holmes 2014