Larkmead LMV Salon 2014
At first the aromas of the 2014 LMV Salon are brooding and reticent. It is difficult to penetrate the wine's outer skin, but careful study reveals scents of blue and black fruit, dark chocolate and coffee bean. With air, however, the nose opens dramatically, displaying an evolving bouquet of bright red fruit and spice, along with a subtle herbal tone that speaks to the Cabernet Franc at the core of the blend. Similarly, the first sip of this wine reveals a tightly muscular palate. As it relaxes, however, the flavors begin to unfold from the texture - revealing notes of charred wood, wet loam, spice, red clay, and dried earth. The fruit flavors are precise on the tongue, and travel from the warmth of black cherry to the brightness of red cherry. Drinking Window: The attraction of this wine is in its density; from its impenetrable aromas to its strict palate, the LMV Salon begs for cellaring. If you drink upon release, please decant before serving. I will personally cellar this wine for seven to ten years before revisiting. Best from 2025- 2035.