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Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (Napa Valley, CA)

96PTS W.E.
Producer Notes: The 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is one of our favorite bottlings to date. Accentuated with 10% Merlot, this wine is classic Larkmead – aromas of purple flowers, red cherries, cedar, warm gravel, and graphite fill the glass. With time, the nose on this wine continues to evolve, revealing plum, leather, and tobacco accents. The palate is youthful and vibrant, balancing on the lighter side of blue and black fruits and berries. The wine is in constant motion, playfully dancing across the palate until it dissolves into dusty, fine tannins. A second sip introduces you to cherry candy and wet rock minerality. A third sip brings forest floor bramble and dried herb notes. Though the product of a stressful and dramatic vintage, this wine resonates with immense purity, poise, and grace. Wine Enthusiast, 96 Points: “With 10% Merlot, this is a structured red that's built by broad tannins but approachable in its youth. Earthy peat, dried herb, cedar and cigar box play against a depth of dark cherry, cassis and plum, while fresh acidity permeates beneath, making for a cohesive package." James Suckling, 94 Points: “This is really subtle and complex with black truffles, blackberries, lavender and rosemary. Medium to full body. Firm and silky tannins with beautiful fruit. Linear and racy. Love the balance and finesse." Wine Spectator, 92 Points: “Sleek and focused, featuring loganberry and huckleberry fruit, lined with incense, dried anise and singed mesquite notes. That savory combo runs through the finish, adding texture and contrast to the fruit." Jeb Dunnuck, 92 Points: “Starting with the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, it comes all from the estate in the north part of the valley and is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. It has a deep, serious bouquet of scorched earth, graphite, crushed rocks, new saddle leather, and smoked tobacco all ground by a core a ripe dark fruit. With medium to full-bodied richness on the palate, building tannins, and the classic, focused style of the vintage, it's going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for two decades." Wine Advocate, 91 Points: “Composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, aged in French oak barrels, 75% new, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (White Label) sports a deep garnet-purple color, revealing notes of blackcurrant pastilles, Black Forest cake and black raspberries with touches of wild sage, pencil lead and damp soil with a waft of cedar. Medium-bodied, the palate has compelling vivacity and freshness with plenty of juicy black fruit and well-played, grainy tannins, finishing with lovely purity."

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Specs
Product ID:
IN0016266
Appellation:
Napa Valley, CA
Vintage:
2017
Volume of Alcohol:
14.5%
Awards
96 Points:
Wine Enthusiast
94 Points:
James Suckling
92 Points:
Wine Spectator
92 Points:
Jeb Dunnuck