Vineyard: LMV Salon is named after Lillie Hitchcock Coit's bungalow on her Larkmead ranch. The wine comes from Larkmead estate vineyards in the Northern Napa AVA of Calistoga
Soil: Sand/clay with a deep base layer of cortina gravel
Viticulture: farmed using organic methods
Vinification: Fermented in stainless steel using all native yeasts for primary and malolactic takes place in barrel.
Aging: 20 months with 2 rackings. Aged in French oak barrels, of which 75% are new.
Production: 827 cases
Publication: Wine advocate
Even more prodigious is the 2014 LMV Salon. Composed of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc from the sandy Bale Loam soils of the 110 acres Larkmead possesses, it is a bigger boy at 14.9% alcohol but shows lots of crushed rock and wet gravel minerality, a beautiful, cedary, blackcurrant nose with notes of forest floor, allspice and soy, with more blackberry on the palate as well as some savory herbs and spice. Hints of licorice also make an appearance in this broad, fleshy, juicy and succulent style of wine meant for drinking now and over the next 20 years.
The 2014 LMV Salon offers lovely depth and intensity. Today, the Cabernet Franc is really expressive, not just in its signature aromatics, but in its mid-weight, refined feel. The 2014 was much more expressive last year. Then again, it was just bottled. Red stone fruit, mint, rose petal, mocha and raspberry jam open up nicely, while beams of tannin give the wine its energetic feel.