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Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 750ml
SKU: 210000005769

Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

  • we96
  • v93
  • ws92
  • jd92+


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Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Larkmead
Alcohol/vol 14.1%
The vibrant color of this wine is almost startling, and the clarity of the dark, black-violet liquid draws the eye toward the glass. Aromatically, the wine is vigorous, with layers of bramble fruit, and cola giving way to scents of forest floor, wet pine, graphite, and macerated blackberries. The wine enters the palate effortlessly. At its core are juicy red and black cherry fruits as well as that typical Larkmead trace of bittersweet chocolate. The tannins are sweet and dusty, and coat the mouth on all sides. This is an incredible wine for the vintage; while many 2015s are fruit-forward and simple, the Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon offers bright, fresh flavors, medium weight, and a long, savory finish that demands a second sip. We're not supposed to pick favorites, but if we had to choose one wine to drink now and drink often, it would be our 2015 Cabernet. That said, while the wine possesses the immediate balance required for youthful drinking, it also has the backbone to hide out in your cellar for 10 years before opening. Those who exercise restraint will be rewarded as this wine reminds us a great deal of our 2007 Cabernet, which was a star in the vertical tasting we held in the summer of 2017.
Wine Enthusiast
  • we96

With 10% Merlot, this is a structured red that's built by broad tannins but approachable in its youth. Earthy peat, dried herb, cedar and cigar box play against a depth of dark cherry, cassis and plum, while fresh acidity permeates beneath, making for a cohesive package.

December 1, 2020
  • v93

The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a real overachiever in its peer group. Wonderfully layered and vibrant, the 2017 is just magnificent. All the elements come together in a sublime, wonderfully nuanced Cabernet. Larkmead ultimately decided not to bottle their Dr. Olmo Cabernet and instead used that wine (which was fabulous from barrel) to improve this blend - which it most certainly did.

January 2020
Wine Spectator
  • ws92

Sleek and focused, featuring loganberry and huckleberry fruit, lined with incense, dried anise and singed mesquite notes. That savory combo runs through the finish, adding texture and contrast to the fruit. Best from 2021 through 2029. 1,589 cases made.

November 15, 2020
Jeb Dunnuck
  • jd92+

Starting with the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, it comes all from the estate in the north part of the valley and is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. It has a deep, serious bouquet of scorched earth, graphite, crushed rocks, new saddle leather, and smoked tobacco all ground by a core a ripe dark fruit. With medium to full-bodied richness on the palate, building tannins, and the classic, focused style of the vintage, it's going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for two decades.

January 31, 2020