Larkmead Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Lmv Salon 2004
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.
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.
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.
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.
External Reviews for Larkmead Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Lmv Salon
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
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