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2010 LMV Salon


Our 2010 LMV Salon is clearly one of the finest wines we have produced at Larkmead... Expands beautifully but always maintains freshness and poise.

"Rich, dark, and seamless. Vivid notes of graphite, pencil shavings, plums, cassis and grilled savory herbs come to life in a vivid, kaleidoscopic wine of notable pedigree. The aromatics alone are breathtaking, but the truth is that everything about the 2010 is phenomenal. Endless layers of fruit flow through to the complex, insanely beautiful finish. This is a dazzling effort."
Wine Advocate, December 2011

~ $125.00

Production:718 Cases
Fruit:100% Estate grown fruit, produced and bottled at Larkmead Vineyards
Varietal Composition:78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot
Aging:Aged for 20 months in 70% new medium toast French oak barrels
Cooperages:Tonnelleries Demptos & Sylvain

Very deep ruby red/purple color. Opens with powerful fruit-driven aromas - blueberry, blackberry, currant and black cherry. With aeration vineyard complexity is revealed - bay leaf, sage, red licorice, soy and violet alongside an intriguing red volcanic mineral element. Immediately succulent and layered palate with great volume, density and waves of red and black fruits. Expands beautifully but always maintains freshness and poise. Chewy mouth coating tannins saturate the palate with dark cocoa, soy and complex savory notes on the rising lively finish. Decant for an hour in its youth.

Our 2010 LMV Salon is clearly one of the finest wines we have produced at Larkmead as well as a strong personal favorite. It’s most reminiscent of its 2006 cousin. The wine offers something new each time you return to the glass. Despite its deep fruit extract, it’s a sophisticated, cerebral wine that opens slowly, shedding its overt baby-fat fruit to reveal layers of vineyard complexity that really drive the wine to a pulsating, lingering finish. There are many beautiful savory, autumnal loamy elements to the wine alongside fresh herb and mint notes that keep it lively and fresh throughout. It’s less gravelly and mineral than our Cabernet wines from the vintage due to a significant proportion of fruit from our C-block. The soils here tend to produce wines with layered chewy textures and higher acidity, which are prime attributes of this offering. I would not be surprised to see this wine develop even greater complexity in bottle for eight to ten years and hold for a further six or so.