Larkmead Vineyards

LMV Salon Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend

9.3233 ratings
9.245 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
Isaac Pirolo

I’m not sure I’ve had a better Monday morning in my life. Beautiful site, even better people, and awesome wines. I was fortunate to taste through this excellent lineup:
• 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
• 2015 Firebelle
• 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
• 2015 LMV Salon
• 2014 Dr Olmo
• 2014 Solari
The 2015 LMV Salon was my WOTM. While Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) dominates the composition, the Cabernet Franc (40%) dominates its aromatics.

I’m not sure I’ve had a better Monday morning in my life. Beautiful site, even better people, and awesome wines. I was fortunate to taste through this excellent lineup:
• 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
• 2015 Firebelle
• 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
• 2015 LMV Salon
• 2014 Dr Olmo
• 2014 Solari
The 2015 LMV Salon was my WOTM. While Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) dominates the composition, the Cabernet Franc (40%) dominates its aromatics.

Jun 12th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.5

Second wine at 150 Central Park. Super dark purplish ruby red. Only decanted for two hours but still has some smoothness with excellent structure. Dark nose with blueberries, sweet tobacco and minerality. Heavy tannins (8/10) and full bodied. Power house wine. Stunning structure with dark crushed rocks, blackberries, spices, cassis, herbs, and a little bit of blue fruit. Rich and long finish. Drink till 2045.

Second wine at 150 Central Park. Super dark purplish ruby red. Only decanted for two hours but still has some smoothness with excellent structure. Dark nose with blueberries, sweet tobacco and minerality. Heavy tannins (8/10) and full bodied. Power house wine. Stunning structure with dark crushed rocks, blackberries, spices, cassis, herbs, and a little bit of blue fruit. Rich and long finish. Drink till 2045.

May 3rd, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.5

Very impress with this as usual. Looking forward to trying a few more bottling in the future!

Very impress with this as usual. Looking forward to trying a few more bottling in the future!

Mar 17th, 2018
Jeff D.

Rockin’ good juice, great with short ribs and the perfect way to end the week!

Rockin’ good juice, great with short ribs and the perfect way to end the week!

Mar 17th, 2018
Bill Bender

From mag at firm appreciation dinner. Bordeaux profile with lots of graphite, tobacco leaf and dark plum. Still brooding a bit.

From mag at firm appreciation dinner. Bordeaux profile with lots of graphite, tobacco leaf and dark plum. Still brooding a bit.

Feb 24th, 2018
Martin G Rivard

Thank you @Daryl Calhoun for sharing this badass 2011 with me! Another incredible example of how 11 was a forgotten vintage!
I think all it needed was a little time and this was a phenomenal example.Badass in a glass. Balance, balance blue fruit And a finish which the energizer bunny would be proud of!!
Outstanding my friend! I hope this post finds you well. I haven’t heard from you in quite some time! 👏👏👏🙌

Thank you @Daryl Calhoun for sharing this badass 2011 with me! Another incredible example of how 11 was a forgotten vintage!
I think all it needed was a little time and this was a phenomenal example.Badass in a glass. Balance, balance blue fruit And a finish which the energizer bunny would be proud of!!
Outstanding my friend! I hope this post finds you well. I haven’t heard from you in quite some time! 👏👏👏🙌

Feb 22nd, 2018
Bill Bender

Hot tar bouquet and coal black in the glass. 4 hour decant. Rich and brawny with loads of blackberry, blueberry and dark chocolate. Bordeaux blend but domestic style.

Hot tar bouquet and coal black in the glass. 4 hour decant. Rich and brawny with loads of blackberry, blueberry and dark chocolate. Bordeaux blend but domestic style.

Dec 27th, 2017
David L

09' Larkmead LMV Salon. 63% CB 16% CF 5% Malbec & Merlot.

Two hour decanting & it's still a bit tight. So much going on in this wine. Even more so than Russell's EE last night.

Big boy Red ... dark berries, mocha, unlimited layers in this wine. 10/15 great years in it.

2004 through 2010 👍

I've got to purchase some older vintages of Salon/ Solari !!! These wines are like hidden gems. -at Humu Humi, Grand Wailea-Maui

09' Larkmead LMV Salon. 63% CB 16% CF 5% Malbec & Merlot.

Two hour decanting & it's still a bit tight. So much going on in this wine. Even more so than Russell's EE last night.

Big boy Red ... dark berries, mocha, unlimited layers in this wine. 10/15 great years in it.

2004 through 2010 👍

I've got to purchase some older vintages of Salon/ Solari !!! These wines are like hidden gems. -at Humu Humi, Grand Wailea-Maui

Aug 18th, 2017
Jason Koh

This inky concentrated blend of cab sauv/franc is so suave, smooth straight out of bottle, which is amazing for such a a young bottle. Loved every sip, from the initial encounter 'til the wine evolved an hour after the uncorking. Reminded me of a 1990 Ch. Leoville Las Cases, a second growth Bordeaux which throws punches way above its weight class and coming from me, a truly high complement for a Napa cab blend.

This inky concentrated blend of cab sauv/franc is so suave, smooth straight out of bottle, which is amazing for such a a young bottle. Loved every sip, from the initial encounter 'til the wine evolved an hour after the uncorking. Reminded me of a 1990 Ch. Leoville Las Cases, a second growth Bordeaux which throws punches way above its weight class and coming from me, a truly high complement for a Napa cab blend.

1 person found it helpfulMay 9th, 2016
Eric Guido

Larkmead nailed it in 2013! The nose on the LMV Salon showed intense red raspberry, minerals, blueberry skins, sweet tobacco and minty herbs. On the palate, it displayed silky textures with pulsing minerality contrasted by ripe fruits. Black currant, cherry, and blueberry were all present, yet seemed to play in perfect unison. A sensation of classic structure and tannin defined the finish, along with notes of cherry, herbs, minerals, and dark chocolate. Simply gorgeous.

Larkmead nailed it in 2013! The nose on the LMV Salon showed intense red raspberry, minerals, blueberry skins, sweet tobacco and minty herbs. On the palate, it displayed silky textures with pulsing minerality contrasted by ripe fruits. Black currant, cherry, and blueberry were all present, yet seemed to play in perfect unison. A sensation of classic structure and tannin defined the finish, along with notes of cherry, herbs, minerals, and dark chocolate. Simply gorgeous.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 11th, 2016