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48 Ratings
Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Wine Details

Vineyard

Larkmead

Style

Red

Wine Description

Bright ruby/purple. Intensely aromatic nose of sweet black cherry, dusty cocoa and a rich core of dark smoky fruits. Dark black fruits dominate the palate with cassis, blackberry and black raspberry. Typical Larkmead nuances of stony minerality, graphite and spice are supported by perfectly ripe, seductive tannins which glide across the palate creating a sense of seamless integration. A note of creamy mocha adds richness to round out the finish. Our favourite estate Cabernet to date, the new vintage read more...Bright ruby/purple. Intensely aromatic nose of sweet black cherry, dusty cocoa and a rich core of dark smoky fruits. Dark black fruits dominate the palate with cassis, blackberry and black raspberry. Typical Larkmead nuances of stony minerality, graphite and spice are supported by perfectly ripe, seductive tannins which glide across the palate creating a sense of seamless integration. A note of creamy mocha adds richness to round out the finish. Our favourite estate Cabernet to date, the new vintage comes from a growing season that featured a cool summer which increased aromatic complexity, followed by intense heat at harvest to fully mature and sweeten the Cabernet’s abundant tannins. The 2004 blend features the fruit intensity and textural elements of the hugely popular 2002 with the structure of the 1999. Approachable early due to the level of natural fruit sweetness, the wine should age well for a decade and beyond. Decant for an hour in its youth to experience the wine’s full range of flavors. This large-scaled wine will further concentrate for 5 years in bottle and hold for a decade or more. (hide)

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: (90-94) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 162 on Dec-05
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    Youthfully outgoing and nicely filled with black cherry fruit and lighter touches of milk chocolate and sweet red cherries, this is an engaging wine from first to last. It favors the supple, viscous portion of the texture spectrum, and its ripeness is manifest in its juicy, fleshy, obvious flavors. It will enjoy savory, long-cooked meats as its best mealtime foil.