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Larkmead Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Lmv Salon 2004

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Bright ruby/purple. Explosively aromatic high notes of wild berries and violet with a smoky-mocha edge. The palate is powerfully rich yet supple and lively and features saturated cassis and blackberry fruit with the classic gravel-mineral-graphite character of the vineyard. The broad voluptuous tannins are completely integrated with the fruit and allow the wine to progress gracefully along the palate and finish with a hint of developing truffle complexity and sweet tobacco. Decant for an hour in its youth to experience the wine's full range of flavors. Our 2004 LMV Salon release is clearly among the finest wines yet bottled from our historic estate and builds upon the excellent inaugural release with the addition of a powerful vintage-driven element of concentration and vibrancy. Strongly representative of the wonderful 2004 growing season, this wine is the fullest expression that the estate's soils, varieties and microclimates can offer. Harvest commenced after a period of intense heat in early September making it the earliest start on record. At crush the fruit was fully mature and bursting with flavor and aromatic complexity. The dominant Cabernet component steers the wine to a concentrated dark fruited style while Cabernet Franc adds strong floral aromatics of violet and blue fruits. The high percentage of Petit Verdot, co-fermented with Cabernet, provides aromatic nuance and backbone while Merlot flushes out the mid-palate and Malbec lends subtle dark spice to the lingering finish. The blend is one of harmony and substance that has the richness of fruit to drink well on release, but also the inherent tannin structure to age positively for a decade or more.

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Variety: Bordeaux Blend
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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 Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Lmv Salon

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Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
5.00 5
05/03/2008

Still got time to age - you can tell by the slightly hot nose and the powerful tannins, however, this is an amazing wine. Sweet blackberry must flavors with eucalyptus and a beautiful minerality. Solid tannins provide a long finish and give it the structure to age. Robert Parker rated it 94 points.


5.00 5
05/02/2008

Black fruits and white chocolate and spice aromas invited me to sit there with the glass to my nose for quite a while. The palate is smooth and clean, hints of blackberries and oak and well integrated leathery tannins. There's a nice oaked edge on the finish.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
4.00 5
07/18/2007

Full disclosure: Tasted at the vineyard on a beautiful day tranquil day, sublime setting and a private tour of the facilities. With that said... A tough of alcohol on the nose. A smooth, gentle yet big fruity wine. Can continue to age.


Snooth User: Daniel Petroski
30091696
4.00 5
07/29/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Larkmead Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Lmv Salon

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

A limited production cuvee, the 2004 LMV Salon is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, and 11% Merlot. Its dense purple color is followed by an extraordinary perfume of sweet black fruits intermixed with smoke, lic... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2004 Larkmead Vineyard LMV Salon Proprietary Red 750ml



Bright ruby/purple. Explosively aromatic high notes of wild berries and violet with a smoky-mocha edge. The palate is powerfully rich yet supple and lively and features saturated cassis and blackberry fruit with the classic gravel-mineral-graphite character of the vineyard. The broad voluptuous tannins are completely integrated with the fruit and allow the wine to progress gracefully along the palate and finish with a hint of developing truffle complexity and sweet tobacco. Decant for an hour in its youth to experience the wine's full range of flavors. Our 2004 LMV Salon release is clearly among the finest wines yet bottled from our historic estate and builds upon the excellent inaugural release with the addition of a powerful vintage-driven element of concentration and vibrancy. Strongly representative of the wonderful 2004 growing season, this wine is the fullest expression that the estate's soils, varieties and microclimates can offer. Harvest commenced after a period of intense heat in early September making it the earliest start on record. At crush the fruit was fully mature and bursting with flavor and aromatic complexity. The dominant Cabernet component steers the wine to a concentrated dark fruited style while Cabernet Franc adds strong floral aromatics of violet and blue fruits. The high percentage of Petit Verdot, co-fermented with Cabernet, provides aromatic nuance and backbone while Merlot flushes out the mid-palate and Malbec lends subtle dark spice to the lingering finish. The blend is one of harmony and substance that has the richness of fruit to drink well on release, but also the inherent tannin structure to age positively for a decade or more.

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