2003 Larkmead "LMV Salon" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2003 LMV Salon is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot. It takes its name from the iconic San Francisco socialite, Lillie Hitchcock Coit, who established a “salon” at Larkmead. This wine cuts an even broader, more expansive flavor profile across the palate, offering gorgeous notes of creme de cassis, background oak and licorice, and hints of lead pencil shavings and spring flowers. Strikingly complex, this stunning wine reveals a freshness and vivacity that go against the general reputation of this vintage. It is a crunchy, juicy effort with 14.7% alcohol, although the latter component is not the least bit noticeable. Slightly more evolved than the basic Cabernet Sauvignon, this beauty is accessible now, so there is no reason to delay your pleasure. It should be strutting its stuff for 15-20 years. This exquisite, historic (the vineyard was well-known in the 1800s) source for great Cabernet Sauvignon situated on the valley floor, just north of St. Helena, remains one of my favorite wineries of the region. Under the guidance of the winemaking consultant, Scotsman, Andy Smith, they continue to go from strength to strength. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-red. Complex nose offers currant, graphite, iron filings and menthol. Juicy, fresh and tactile in the mouth, with a claret-like pliancy and lush, sweet flavors of dark fruits and chocolate. Finishes with substantial broad tannins and excellent length. (ST)
An initial loamy barnyard funk blows off, letting a mix of vivid black cherry, blackberry and currant fruit push to the forefront, gaining richness and depth. Ends with a supple texture and a hint of berry and anise. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot.