97 points - Wine Enthusiast

93 points - Wine Advocate

REVIEWS

With a tiny 3% addition of Cabernet Franc, this wine is defined by aromas of violet and crushed rock. Oak, clove and graphite dot a landscape of bold structure on the palate, with bright acidity balancing the concentration and grip. Enjoy 2025–2030. -Wine Enthusiast


Larkmead's deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon shows a meaty/earthy nose of charcuterie, underbrush, damp soil and mossy bark with a core of cassis, black plums and espresso. Concentrated and rich in the full-bodied mouth, the tannins are firm and chewy, and it finishes with great length and depth. -Wine Advocate

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Cabernet Sauvignon
  • APPELLATION
    Napa Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    14.70%
  • SIZE
    750ml

From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

Cabernet is the king in this area, and looking at Larkmead’s 2015s, winemaker Petroski remarked on what a fine Indian summer it was, with 100 days separating bloom and harvest. The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in two-thirds new French oak and is their largest cuvée (2,850 cases). A blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, this is a real winner. Concentrated, with an unctuous texture, an opaque purple color and notes of graphite, white chocolate, coffee bean, and plenty of blackberry and cassis, it will be a stunner when released

TASTING NOTES 

A bold and structured wine with flavors of dark berries, oak, and spices. Very balanced and bright as well as rich and full-bodied. 

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the winery:

Larkmead Vineyards dates back to the late 1800s, and have been owned by the Solari family since 1948. The historic Larkmead Estate is comprised of 145 acres. Due to the dramatic variation in soil types, the vineyard is divided into three distinct areas in order to maximize fruit and subsequent wine quality while diversifying flavor profiles for blending purposes. The true character of Larkmead and its unique wines are a direct result of the topography, climate, and the exceptional geology of the soils.

Larkmead is 100% Estate fruit; it is therefore imperative to them that they treat the land as a polyculture system with all factors interrelated and focus on long term soil health. They are always seeking environmentally sound, long term solutions that promote the natural expression of their vineyards, resulting in wine that is unique in its purity, texture, and complexity.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Pair this with a rich and tender meat dish such as beef or venison.