2006 Ramey "Larkmead Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Glass-staining ruby. Deep, youthfully brooding cassis and dark cherry on the nose, with a strong licorice note building in the glass. Sappy black and blue fruit flavors are framed by dusty tannins and energized by a tangy mineral note. The licorice quality repeats on the finish, which is broad, sappy and impressively persistent. For a big boy, this is pretty graceful. (ST)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Although backward, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Larkmead Vineyard (3,820 cases) is extremely promising. Its inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a gorgeous perfume of smoke herbs, graphite, creme de cassis, coffee beans, and toasty oak. With sensational fruit on the attack and mid-palate, and a finish filled with power, glycerin, depth, and impressive structure, this 2006 will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age, and should evolve for two decades or more. (RP)
Intense and slightly earthy and rustic in a pleasant way. Shows pebble, fresh earth and a touch of forest floor, with spicy currant and berry fruit that's wrapped in the wine's earthiness. Ends with rich tannins.
According to Robert Parker: "David Ramey’s Healdsburg operation is becoming bigger and bigger, as evidenced by his 60,000-case production in both 2006 and 2007. However, quality continues to be exciting, offering a broad array of Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignons, and more recently, a handful of Syrahs." (12/2008)