It was last summer and I had been invited to a "release" party to celebrate the 2005 Silver Oak Alexander Valley hitting the marketplace. We did a vertical tasting (that's where you taste previous vintages of the same wine - so, 2001, 2002, 2003 and so on, up to the current release) of both the Napa, and the Alexander Valley.
The '05 AV was a terrific wine, with complex, dark fruit and great aromatics, but (IMHO) – the ‘04 beat it out hands down due to that extra year of bottle age... There's something to be said for a wine that's been resting, aging, and developing some bottle character. The 2004 was a show-stopper - very smooth, rich and accessible. I'm thinking that with another full year under it's belt the '04 is drinking really well right now! I've seen it on the internet for $70+ but World Market has it for $59.99!
Father's Day is right around the corner, what a fabulous gift for Dad or that special someone who loves wine, or just to treat yourself - go on, you're worth it!