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Rosso Wine Shop USD 100.00 750ml

Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

The 4,400-case cuvee 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.

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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: zufrieden
2593864,143
4.00 5
05/29/2011

This venerable producer has made a beauty: Himalayan blackberry hanging in cheesecloth in the jelly factory with a hint of menthol comes to mind on the nose. This wine retains just enough silky tannin to convince the drinker that wine - not fresh wild blackberry - is caressing the palate. The entry is generous, smooth, balanced; in a word, as perfect as you can get for a Cab under 100 dollars from California. Delicious, perfect for drinking now but capable of up to 5 more years in a cool cellar environment. Nicely done!


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549181,712
4.00 5
08/09/2009

Classic in every way. One of the best I tasted in and over it’s price point. It was satisfying and full yet structured. If you are looking for the next $50 - $60 Cabernet that tastes like it costs much more, look no further. I couldn’t believe this was their entry level Cab


Snooth User: rar8888
1580261,286
5.00 5
09/30/2009

This is the best $50-$75 dollar cab I have ever tasted. Very elegant with perfectly integrated tannins, dark fruits, and a super long finish. The fruit is not overly fruit forward it is however very refined. Wonderful!!!


Snooth User: jbc95a
7566758
5.00 5
10/05/2009

The structure of this cab is one of the best I've tasted at its price point--- easily standing up to similar cabs that cost $100+. I agree with rar8888 that the fruits are present, but well-rounded. This is a well composed wine that I'd be glad to enjoy again.


Snooth User: cabwhore
1273789
5.00 5
03/14/2010

We were in Atlantic City this weekend and we decided to eat at Bobby Flay's. We ordered our steaks and also asked for a bottle of Joseph Phelps. The waiter recommended This Larkmead instead. We took his recommendation and couldn't have been more happy with it. The taste was superb! One of the best cabs I have ever experienced. Perfectly balanced, nice fruitiness, and was perfect with the ribeye I ate! I got home and immediately ordered more of this wine.


Snooth User: Teppo
423118728
5.00 5
08/10/2013

Five glasses


External Reviews for Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Good full red-ruby. Enticing aromas of currant, chocolate, graphite, violet, loam and spices. Lush, suave and sweet, with a firm edge of acidity giving a tactile quality to the currant and graphite flavors. Less tight in the middle than the Firebelle, but tannic for this cuvee, and built to age.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Good full ruby. Pungent aromas of raspberry, currant, graphite, dried herbs, violet and loam, along with a whiff of dark tobacco; smells like a Graves. Less giving on the palate than the nose suggests, with a firm edge of acidity keeping the flavors under wraps today. Finishes with youthfully strict tannins. Winemaker Smith notes that he has not added either water or acid to any of the Larkmead reds since the 2004 vintage.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A delightfully rich and complex young Cabernet, with tiers of ripe currant, black cherry, plum and hints of mocha and chocolate, showing a touch of sweet fruit on the finish and finishing with ripe, firm tannins. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


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The 4,400-case cuvee 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.

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