2015 Larkmead Vineyard LMV Salon Proprietary Red

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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WE 98 JS 95 JD 94 WA 94 WS 92
WE 98

Wine Enthusiast, November 2018

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc, this is a tremendous wine, offering grippy red-currant, tobacco and graphite components around a full-bodied core of weight and breadth. Powerful, with elegant...
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, May 2018

A dense and layered red with red tile, currants and hints of black peppers. Full-bodied and juicy with beautiful density and length. Granular tannins. A blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Needs two to three...
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, December 2017

94+ A blend of 60/40 Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, the 2015 LMV Salon is a cuvee that’s moving towards being a Cabernet Franc-dominated release as the estate plants more Cabernet Franc. Cassis, spring flowers...
WA 94

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, November 2017

94+ Composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Lmv Salon Proprietary Red has an earthy, meaty, gamy nose with a crème de cassis and preserved plums core backed up by...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, January 2018

A supple, charming medley of spicy red and dark berry fruit, with black cherry and wild berry flavors standing out. Ends with a rich, juicy aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2030. Tasted...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2015
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.7%
Closure Cork

Introducing the exquisite 2015 Larkmead Vineyard LMV Salon Proprietary Red, a wine that truly exemplifies the art of blending. This stunning red wine is a proprietary blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc, crafted with meticulous attention to detail. With its deep garnet-purple color, this wine immediately captivates the eye and promises a sensory journey like no other.

On the nose, the 2015 LMV Salon Proprietary Red unveils a complex bouquet, reminiscent of the earthy aromas of a forest floor after rainfall. Notes of meatiness and gaminess intermingle with the enticing scents of crème de cassis and preserved plums. As the wine breathes, hints of Christmas cake and new leather emerge, accompanied by a delicate medicinal waft.

The palate is greeted with a medium to full-bodied texture, revealing the wine's concentrated nature. Chewy tannins provide a firm structure, while a good core of fruit adds depth and complexity. At this youthful stage, the wine displays a slight astringency, hinting at its potential for further aging. The 14.7% alcohol content perfectly balances the wine's power and finesse.

Renowned critics have bestowed high praise upon the 2015 Larkmead Vineyard LMV Salon Proprietary Red. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awards it an impressive 94+ points, describing it as a wine with exceptional purity, concentration, and a great finish. Wine Spectator also gives it a remarkable score of 92, highlighting its supple charm and rich, juicy aftertaste.

James Suckling is enamored by this red gem, awarding it a noteworthy 95 points. Suckling notes a dense and layered character, with hints of red tile, currants, and black peppers. The wine's full-bodied nature, beautiful density, and granular tannins create a truly captivating experience.

Jeb Dunnuck joins the chorus of praise with a score of 94+. Dunnuck identifies the increasing presence of Cabernet Franc in the blend, contributing to a wine with exceptional purity, concentration, and a rocky, river bottom-like earthiness. He recommends allowing this wine to age for 3-5 years before indulging in its splendor.

Wine Enthusiast bestows a remarkable 98 points upon this wine, describing it as a tremendous blend that showcases the best of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. With grippy red currant, tobacco, and graphite flavors, this full-bodied wine exhibits power and elegance in perfect harmony. The wine's unabashed embrace of dried herb, clove, and violet notes adds further layers of complexity and showcases the distinctive character of Cabernet Franc.

The 2015 Larkmead Vineyard LMV Salon Proprietary Red is a wine that demands attention and admiration. With its impeccable balance, depth of flavors, and potential for aging, this wine is a true collector's item. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for years to come, this exceptional blend is guaranteed to elevate any occasion.