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2013 Larkmead - LMV Salon

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
abv 14.9%
  • 97 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 95 JS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 145936-2013
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 95

    Amazing aromas of blackberry, wet tobacco, pistachio and wet bark. Full body with velvety and chewy tannins that are polished and reserved. Long and savory finish. Better in 2020.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Broad and intense, this is rounded at the edges, with caressing tannins that join in rather than challenge. Built for short-term cellaring, as the blackberry, currant, mocha, licorice and dried herb notes are long and persistent. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
    Author: James Laube
  • Vinous | Rating: 95

    The 2013 LMV Salon is just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel. The significant presence of Cabernet Franc gives the rich, deep Larkmead fruit an additional top register of brightness that is compelling. Sweet floral notes, spice, mocha, new leather and mint are some of the signatures in this vivid, exceptionally beautiful wine. This is another wine that will require patience, but the 2013 is a knock-out, there is no doubt about it. Winemaker Dan Petroski told me he plans to increase the Cabernet Franc in this bottling.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    The 2013 Proprietary Red LMV Salon, which is a proprietary red of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Cabernet Franc, is stunning. The Cabernet Franc seems to give this wine a tremendous fragrance, as the opaque purple color offers notes of cedar wood, underbrush, forest floor and spring flowers along with creme de cassis and black cherries. With a full body, ripe texture and moderately high tannins, this wine will benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring and keep 30-35 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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

    • 202 bottles owned
    • 49 collectors