• Larkmead LMV Salon Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2014 95

    Larkmead LMV Salon Napa Valley Proprietary Red 2014

    Cult Napa Cab

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    95pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    "Shows lots of crushed rock and wet gravel minerality, a beautiful, cedary, blackcurrant nose with notes of forest floor, allspice and soy, with more blackberry on the palate as well as..." ~ Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    Three words, winelovers: Ooh la la.
     Robert Parker, Jr.: "Even more prodigious is the 2014 LMV Salon. Composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc from the sandy Bale Loam soils of the 110 acres Larkmead possesses, it is a bigger boy at 14.9% alcohol but shows lots of crushed rock and wet gravel minerality, a beautiful, cedary, blackcurrant nose with notes of forest floor, allspice and soy, with more blackberry on the palate as well as some savory herbs and spice. Hints of licorice also make an appearance in this broad, fleshy, juicy and succulent style of wine meant for drinking now and over the next 20 years. Drink 2016-2036.

    Proprietor Cam Baker and his winemaker Dan Petroski continue to prove irrefutably what a first growth terroir Larkmead possesses. Located directly on the valley floor north of St. Helena, this is a superb site, with alluvial, gravelly soils, but there’s diversity in the soil, with plenty of clay, rock and what they refer to as Cortina Gravel." Oct 2016

    Winery: "At first the aromas of the 2014 LMV Salon are brooding and reticent. It is difficult to penetrate the wine’s outer skin, but careful study reveals scents of blue and black fruit, dark chocolate and coffee bean. With air, however, the nose opens dramatically, displaying an evolving bouquet of bright red fruit and spice, along with a subtle herbal tone that speaks to the Cabernet Franc at the core of the blend.

    Similarly, the first sip of this wine reveals a tightly muscular palate. As it relaxes, however, the flavors begin to unfold from the texture – revealing notes of charred wood, wet loam, spice, red clay, and dried earth. The fruit flavors are precise on the tongue, and travel from the warmth of black cherry to the brightness of red cherry."

    Drinking Window: "The attraction of this wine is in its density; from its impenetrable aromas to its strict palate, the LMV Salon begs for cellaring. If you drink upon release, please decant before serving. I will personally cellar this wine for seven to ten years before revisiting. Best from 2025- 2035." ~ Dan Petroski, Winemaker

    Bottle                    
    750ml, cork                                                                                    
    Varietal 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc
    Alcohol %
    14.9%
    Aging 19 months in 75% new oak tonnelleries (Demptos and Sylvain) 
    Region Napa Valley, California
    Production Limited to 804 dozen