2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Larkmead Vineyard

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 2009

Rating

93

Review

Glass-staining ruby. Deep, youthfully brooding cassis and dark cherry on the nose, with a strong licorice note building in the glass. Sappy black and blue fruit flavors are framed by dusty tannins and energized by a tangy mineral note. The licorice quality repeats on the finish, which is broad, sappy and impressively persistent. For a big boy, this is pretty graceful.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

December 1, 2008

Rating

92+

Review

Although backward, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Larkmead Vineyard is extremely promising. Its inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a gorgeous perfume of smoke herbs, graphite, créme de cassis, coffee beans, and toasty oak. With sensational fruit on the attack and mid-palate, and a finish filled with power, glycerin, depth, and impressive structure, this 2006 will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age, and should evolve for two decades or more.

Publication

Ronn Wiegand's Restaurant Wine

Author

Ronn Wiegand

Date

March/April 2009

Rating

Four+ Stars

Review

Fleshy and medium rich, this is a complex, smoothly textured wine, with very ripe fruit character (cassis, berry jam), and layers of oak (cedar, tobacco, vanilla, toast); long finish. [2012-2016]