Larkmead Vineyards Napa Valley
This winery dates back to the end of the 19th century and has always focused on estate wines. The Bordeaux red varieties are the main focus of the operation but new blocks of Sauvignon Blanc and Tocai Friulano have been established and released, the Sauvignon Blanc under the Lillie brand and vinified in oak in the style of a top white Graves. Regular Cabernet Sauvignon is produced as well as a premium meritage LMV (£G) and a more economically priced Bordeaux blend Firebelle (£F), which offers rich, concentrated, dark plummy fruit and a hint of vanilla spice from 55% new French oak. Finely structured and balanced, the wines generally avoid some of the quite heavily extracted characteristics found in many of their peers. The top label Cabernet Sauvignon Solari Reserve is a pure varietal sadly only available in tiny quantities direct from the winery. The wine is loaded with mouthcoating dark, spicy fruits and just a hint of subtly integrated spice from 100% new wood. It comes from the oldest Cabernet vines and needs at least 6 or 7 years’ cellaring to do it justice. (DM)
Larkmead Vineyards Napa Valley www.larkmead.com
Kate Solari & Cam Baker 1100 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515
Tel: 707 942-0167 Fax: 707 942-6934
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