2010 LMV Salon

Winemaker Notes

100% Estate grown fruit, produced and bottled at Larkmead Vineyards
78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc & 9% Petit Verdot
Aged for 20 months in 70% new French oak barrels
718 cases produced

"Very deep ruby red/purple color. Opens with powerful fruit-driven aromas &ndash blueberry, blackberry, currant and black cherry. With aeration vineyard complexity is revealed &ndash 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."

Antonio Galloni - 97+ Points, Wine Advocate, 12-31-12, Issue 204

"The 2010 Proprietary Red Wine LMV Salon is 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. I can't wait to see how the 2010 develops over the coming year. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040."

Robert Parker - 94 Points, Wine Advocate, 10-31-13, Issue 209

"The 2010 Proprietary Red LMV Salon possesses a European-styled structure imposed on its white chocolate, black currant, cedarwood and Christmas fruitcake notes. This classic Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine reveals abundant aromas, rich fruit and a medium to full-bodied, youthful, firmly structured finish. Drink it over the next 15-20 years."


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