Deep ruby red-purple color. Intensely aromatic aromas of ripe raspberry and black cherry darkened by cocoa powder and sweet tobacco notes. Initially elegant and a touch reserved, the palate opens with aeration to show spicy licorice and black cherry flavors which precede a rich core of classic Larkmead cassis purity. The wine maintains its central theme of concentration allied to elegance, growing in volume as it sits in the glass. The finish is long and pure combining lively acidity with dense chewy tannins.
Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot,
1% Cabernet Franc
"The 4,400-case cuvee of 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (96% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc) is brilliant. It would probably be hard to find a Cabernet Sauvignon of this quality with this production level, all estate fruit, and such impeccable viticulture and winemaking. This wine reminded me of a great vintage of Pontet Canet in Pauillac, Bordeaux. The deep creme de cassis flavors intermixed with charcoal and lead pencil shavings soar from the glass. Its full body, stunning ripeness, sweet tannin, and substantial flavor authority make for a brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next two decades."
The Wine Advocate