Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

(96% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc)....brilliant. It would probably be hard to find a Cabernet Sauvignon of this quality with this production level all estate fruit and such impeccable viticulture and winemaking. This wine reminded me of a great vintage of Pontet Canet in Pauillac Bordeaux. The deep creme de cassis flavors intermixed with charcoal and lead pencil shavings soar from the glass. Its full body stunning ripeness sweet tannin and substantial flavor authority make for a brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next two decades.

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Larkmead Vineyards:
Larkmead is a truly historic vineyard, dating back to the 1880s, and has been owned by members of the Solari family since 1948. One of the very finest vineyards in Napa Valley, Larkmead's 120 acres are primarily planted to Cabernet but also Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and a small block of 100 year-old Tocai Friulano vines. In addition to cra... Read more
Larkmead is a truly historic vineyard, dating back to the 1880s, and has been owned by members of the Solari family since 1948. One of the very finest vineyards in Napa Valley, Larkmead's 120 acres are primarily planted to Cabernet but also Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and a small block of 100 year-old Tocai Friulano vines. In addition to crafting its own 100% Napa Valley Estate wines, Larkmead also grows and sells top quality fruit to select premium Napa Valley wineries. Read less

Member Reviews for Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549168,906
0.00 5
03/03/2013

At first pour, the nose was extremely expressive with tart cherry, black currant, pipe smoke and cinnamon but with time it gained herbal tones and notes of cedar, like walking through a garden of rosemary and sage. The palate showed remarkable intensity and girth with concentrated wild berry fruit, dark chocolate, exotic spices and a core of saline minerality. The finish seemed to linger for over a minute with tart cherry, cranberry, and intense dark chocolate lining the palate. The 2007 Larkmead Cabernet was wonderfully enjoyable tonight but is still such a baby. With this intensity of fruit hiding such ripe tannin and balanced acidity, it's sure to age beautifully for years to come. I'll check back in around 2016. (95 points)


Snooth User: JonDerry
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4.00 5
10/17/2011

The nose really jumps out at you showing an elegant blend of cassis, plum, earth, and some wood shavings. These notes transfer over to the palate with the addition of a good and pure blast of red and black fruit. Good medium plus finish. 93+ points. Winery suggests to cellar for 5-10 years, but one year of bottle age after release and this is doing fine off a pop and pour.


Snooth User: rar8888
1580261,280
4.50 5
11/11/2010

This is a wonderfully deep red beautifully smooth wine that evolves for hours in your glass. There are notes of black cherry, black berry and earth. This is a wine that drinks like a bottle twice its price.


Snooth User: Teppo
423118710
5.00 5
04/18/2011

Five glasses


External Reviews for Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Outstanding for the vintage. It spent 20 months in French oak before being bottled without fining or filtration. A dense ruby/purple color accompanies a bouquet of cassis, earth, new oak, spice box, and a hint of tobacco leaf. With a chewy texture, fine density, and medium to full body, it is best consumed over the next 10-12 years.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Good medium ruby. Blackcurrant, currant leaf, leather, smoke and tobacco on the nose. Sweet, dense and lush, with flavors of black raspberry, plum and mocha complicated by tobacco and currant leaf. This, too, finishes with a hint of tartness but possesses a bit more buffering mid-palate material.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3,500 cases produced) is performing even better from bottle than it did from cask. It is a sexy, supple Cabernet offering a dense saturated purple color, and a big, full-bodied, heady bouquet of black fruits, melted licorice, and smoke. This fleshy, hedonistic Cabernet Sauvignon will have huge crowd appeal, and should fare well in blind tastings. Enjoy it over the next 10-15 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

A stylish wine that's ripe, rich and supple, beautifully focused on concentrated black cherry, black currant and roasted herb flavors. The fruit flavors keep coming, along with nicely integrated toasty oak and round tannins. Delicious drinking now, but will hold for several years. A great price, from an old vineyard north of St. Helena. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Ripe, Complex and generous, with a plush texture and concentrated black cherry, black currant, licorice and spicy toasty oak tones. Richness lingers, along with herb notes and round, nicely integrated tannins. Drink now through 2007.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The 4,400-case cuvée of 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (96% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc) is brilliant. It would probably be hard to find a Cabernet Sauvignon of this quality with this production level, all estate fruit, and such impeccable viticulture and winemaking. This wine reminded me of a great vintage of Pontet Canet in Pauillac, Bordeaux. The deep creme de cassis flavors intermixed with charcoal and lead pencil shavings soar from the glass. Its full body, stunning ripeness, sweet tannin, and substantial flavor authority make for a brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next two decades.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Composed of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (nearly 4,000 cases produced) is a great buy for a world-class Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It exhibits a dense purple color, notes of charcoal, creme de cassis, graphite, and forest floor, and a ripe, opulently fruity, rich, full-bodied style. Its endearing silkiness, multi-dimensions, and mature, sweet tannins suggest it has two decades of life ahead of it.


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(96% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc)....brilliant. It would probably be hard to find a Cabernet Sauvignon of this quality with this production level all estate fruit and such impeccable viticulture and winemaking. This wine reminded me of a great vintage of Pontet Canet in Pauillac Bordeaux. The deep creme de cassis flavors intermixed with charcoal and lead pencil shavings soar from the glass. Its full body stunning ripeness sweet tannin and substantial flavor authority make for a brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next two decades.

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