Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red. Intensely perfumed scents of kirsch, blackcurrant, dried rose and tobacco. Round and pliant, with juicy dark fruit flavors, velvety texture and slow-mounting tannins. As big and weighty as this is, there's also excellent balance and clarity. Finishes with lightly chewy tannins and outstanding persistence. (ST)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Larkmead Vineyard (1,360 cases produced from a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, and 9% Merlot) possesses abundant amounts of creme de cassis, graphite, cedar, roasted herbs, and spice. This is an attractive Cabernet that should drink well for 15-20 years. (RP)
Firm, rich and concentrated, with ripe blueberry, currant and black cherry fruit that's fleshy and well-centered, offering subtle flavor nuances of nutmeg, anise and dried berry. (JM)
From the winery: "Our second release from this historic vineyard on Larkmead Lane surrounding the former Hans Kornell Winery which in turn enclosed the historic Larkmead Winery. That winery dated from the 1880’s, when it was owned by Lillie Hitchcock Coit of Coit Tower fame. Located on the valley floor, we surmise that Ritchie Creek, separating the Spring Mountain and Diamond Mountain appellations, once ran through this site, resulting in the prominent gravel and excellent drainage which distinguishes this vineyard. I had worked with some parcels from Larkmead while I was with Rudd, so I knew its potential for quality. This vintage is blended of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec."
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