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Larkmead Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

2006 Sauvignon Blanc Our second bottling of Sauvignon Blanc builds upon the great inaugural vintage with an extra layer of aromatic and structural power. We are very proud of this dynamic bottling. Winemaker Notes: "A light green/straw color precedes explosive aromatics of citrus rind, grapefruit and honeysuckle. The palate is bright, zesty and energetic. Flavors of clementine and ripe melon surround a tight core of honeyed minerals and deep fruit extract. The mid-palate is creamy and textured and balanced by prominent chalky acidity which lifts the finish. Serve at no cooler than 50 degrees to allow the wine's full character to emerge. Two to three years aging will see the honeyed citrus character gain in richness balancing the vibrant acidity and allowing the wine to naturally unfold. This wine holds unusual aging potential for a Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc." Winemaker Andy Smith Alcohol 14.1% 100% Sauvignon Blanc Barrel fermented and aged 8 months in neutral French oak 560 cases produced

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
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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 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

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4.00 5
05/01/2008

Tropical fruit nose and medium acidity with a smooth herbaceous quality. Very crisp and refreshing. This would go great with a nice powerful cheese!


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
4.00 5
04/29/2008

Grassy mineral nose. Flavors of apples, peach and other stone fruit play well with the firm acidity. There's a touch of floral and peach on the finish. Judicious use of oak. High alcohol really adds to the viscous velvety texture.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
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 great fruity nose yet very mineral and steely. Fruit notes were peach and nectarines. A nice spicy finish with some tropical fruits there too. Some good acidity keeps it very refreshing. A really great SB - almost enough to turn away from chard.


Snooth User: Daniel Petroski
30091696
5.00 5
03/02/2009

As noted in the winemaker's notes - this wine has legs for a California Sauvignon Blanc. Tasted at a dinner party against a 06 Sancerre, the Larkmead strutted its stuff - an austere, intense wine with heady aromatics, hefty mid-palate and a structured, acidic finish that will help the wine continue to age gracefully. Still has a few more years in the bottle.


Snooth User: Daniel Petroski
30091696
5.00 5
08/08/2007

Five glasses



2006 Sauvignon Blanc Our second bottling of Sauvignon Blanc builds upon the great inaugural vintage with an extra layer of aromatic and structural power. We are very proud of this dynamic bottling. Winemaker Notes: "A light green/straw color precedes explosive aromatics of citrus rind, grapefruit and honeysuckle. The palate is bright, zesty and energetic. Flavors of clementine and ripe melon surround a tight core of honeyed minerals and deep fruit extract. The mid-palate is creamy and textured and balanced by prominent chalky acidity which lifts the finish. Serve at no cooler than 50 degrees to allow the wine's full character to emerge. Two to three years aging will see the honeyed citrus character gain in richness balancing the vibrant acidity and allowing the wine to naturally unfold. This wine holds unusual aging potential for a Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc." Winemaker Andy Smith Alcohol 14.1% 100% Sauvignon Blanc Barrel fermented and aged 8 months in neutral French oak 560 cases produced

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