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2009 Larkmead - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 94 WA
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 71319-2009-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    (blended with 12% petit verdot and 8% cabernet franc): Ruby-red. Blackberry, licorice, minerals and chocolate on the nose, plus a whiff of shoe polish. Dense, spicy and nicely delineated, with excellent intensity to the dark cherry and mineral flavors. Firmly structured cabernet with granular tannins and a suggestion of medicinal reserve. This will need at least four or five years of bottle aging.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2012
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with a rush of black fruit, smoke, licorice, graphite and tar. All the elements flow together gracefully towards the big, fleshy finish. There is plenty of tannin to support the fruit, suggesting the wine will drink well for a number of years. I especially like the way the wine keeps growing in the glass. This is one of the firmer, more vibrant 2009s readers will come across. Simply put, it is fabulous.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Self | Rating: 8.5

    Author: adamg
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Dbluband
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: storms38
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Beautiful deep purple. Fantastic nose of licorice and smokiness. Palate of dark fruits that lingers for a long time, mixed with big tannins that work perfectly together
    Drink Dates: 2012-2029
    Author: flwine
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Clear, Opaque, deep inky purple with minor rim variation. Clean, expressive aromas of cassis, loamy soil and vanilla with hints of chocolate. Dry, Full bodied, medium acid and full tannins on the very long finish. Jammy black currant courses throughout this huge fruit driven, almost candied estate cab with some hints of menthol and vanilla. To be sure there is some structure to be had on the back end. So much fruit exploding throughout this dense almost heavy, extracted cab. I think with some age it might settle down and the flavors will integrate a bit better....still very enjoyable if not decadent.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2020
    Author: SurgPA05
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Huge viscous wine. Tons of fruit. Dark purple to the rim. Very young tasting. Needs 3 to 4 years to evolve before tasting again. Long finish with beautiful flavors and balance. Though very young may be the best Larkmead I have tasted.
    Author: Bobh
  • Self | Rating:

    Production: 2,900 Cases Fruit: 100% Estate grown fruit, produced and bottled at Larkmead Vineyards Varietal Composition: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot & 8% Cabernet Franc Aging: Aged for 17 months in 60% new medium toast French oak barrels Cooperages: Tonnelleries Ermitage, Demptos & Sylvain Winemaker Notes |Deep ruby red. Ripe black fruits dominate the aroma - cassis, blackberry and dark cherry with floral violet, dark spicy soy and classic mint notes. Supple red fruits open the palate then a solid dense core of mixed black fruit and peripheral plum and kirsch flavors. With aeration the gravelly Larkmead character emerges competing for attention with further layers of chewy opulent dark fruit. Broad and densely-structured tannins provide grip and dimension to the back end. Nice fresh lift and persistency to the finish. Our new release 2009 Estate Cabernet is a dynamic fruit-filled wine that will naturally seduce. The cool 2009 summer growing conditions really drive the wine's elevated fruit profile while the vineyard's low crop level ensures that this fruit has great natural density and concentration, but never at the expense of freshness and vibrancy. More fruit-driven than its 2008 predecessor, there's plenty of striking Larkmead character evident, but at this early stage it's partially buried under these waves of irresistible supple fruit, such is the 2009 vintage signature. With two to four years of bottle development, I'd expect the full vineyard character to assert itself as we've seen with our 2007 Cabernet, to which this new release is most comparable. Don't be afraid to tuck a few bottles away for ten to twelve years' cellaring as this vintage has all the ingredients to mature beautifully in bottle.| - Winemaker Andy Smith
    Author: Kraz

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 404 bottles owned
  • 69 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 69 collectors)