100% Estate grown fruit, produced and bottled at Larkmead Vineyards
Cortina (gravel), Bale loam (sand), Pleasanton loam (clay); High gravel concentration
21 day primary fermentation in stainless steel tanks
Aged for 20 months in 62% new medium toast French oak barrels from Tonnelleries Ermitage, Demptos & Sylvain
A classic mix of red and black bramble fruit aromas dominate the perfume that is accentuated with hints of bittersweet chocolate. With time in the glass and exposure to oxygen, the aromas become more focused, high-toned, and expressive. On the palate a similar evolution occurs; at first the wine maintains its dark forest-floor fruit character, showing more blue tones before the crushed gravel and earthy finish leave the palate fresh and wanting a second sip.
The 2014 “White Label” red wines include the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, which is a beauty. An elegant, Pauillac-style wine with notes of chocolate, cedar wood, fruitcake, unsmoked cigar tobacco and underbrush, it is dense, full-bodied and rich. It is a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot aged 19 months in 75% new French oak. There are 2,705 cases of this wine, which finished at 14.7% natural alcohol. It should drink well for 20-25 years, but there’s no reason to defer your gratification.
Larkmead's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a very pretty, understated wine. Bright red stone fruit, floral notes and spice give the 2014 its refreshing, vibrant personality. The fruit is nicely pushed forward, but the 2014 is light on its feet and gracious, especially for a Calistoga Cabernet. Even so, this is a relatively laid-back style built on finesse more than power.
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