2017 Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Accented with a hint of Merlot, this is a beautiful bottling from a classic estate. Aromas of purple flowers and red cherries rise from a bed of cedar and graphite. Over time, plum, leather and tobacco join the party, dancing with cherry candy and wet stone. Delightfully energetic now, the evolution over time will be something to behold!

Varietal:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker:
Dan Petroski
Vintage:
2017
Aging:
19 Months
Oak Treatment:
75% New Tonnellerie Ermitage
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
90% Cabernet 10% Merlot
Alcohol %:
14.1%
SKU #:
1044952
Size:
750 ml Bottle
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Wine Enthusiast

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.

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Vinous

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a real overachiever in its peer group. Wonderfully layered and vibrant, the 2017 is just magnificent. All the elements come together in a sublime, wonderfully nuanced Cabernet. Larkmead ultimately decided not to bottle their Dr. Olmo Cabernet and instead used that wine (which was fabulous from barrel) to improve this blend - which it most certainly did.

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James Suckling

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.

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Wine Spectator

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.

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Jeb Dunnuck

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.

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Wine Advocate

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.