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2010 Larkin Cabernet Franc Napa Valley - 90 Points

A specialty here, the 2010 Cabernet Franc (80% Cabernet Franc) offers up abundant notes of spring flowers, blueberries and raspberries and a juicy, medium-bodied, forward, lush style. This sensual, captivating Cabernet Franc has plenty of weight and richness, but it comes across without any heaviness or astringency. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.

While they are not terribly well-known, the Larkin wines are consistently well-made.
                                          - Robert M. Parker

2010 Larkin Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 Points

A bigger, more structured and masculine wine, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a deeper plum/purple color in addition to notes of forest floor, damp earth, black currants, plums and licorice. Full-bodied with moderate tannin and outstanding ripeness, richness and length, it should be consumed over the next 15+ years.
                                          - Robert M. Parker

2008 Larkin Cabernet Franc Napa Valley - 94 Points

2008 has turned out to be a top year for Bordeaux varietals in Napa Valley and Larkinís 2008 Cabernet Franc is outstanding. Its stunning perfume offers up scents of boysenberries, black currants, black cherries, spring flowers and forest floor. Full-bodied with a velvety texture and serious intensity, but not a lot of weight or structure to fight through, this beauty should drink nicely for 10-15 years.

Sean Larkin's main project is producing these two brilliant wines that seem to score highly no matter what the vintage.
                                          - Robert M. Parker

2008 Larkin Cabernet Franc


2008 Larkin Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 Points

More chocolate, espresso roast, toast and earth jump from the glass of the opaque ruby/purple-colored 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. Although still somewhat primary, it is a full-bodied, powerful, impressive Cabernet that should drink well for 15-20 years.
                                          - Robert M. Parker

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2007 Larkin Cabernet Franc Napa Valley - 90 Points

Talented winemaker Sean Larkin has produced an outstanding 2007 Cabernet Franc filled with richness as well as finesse. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by notes of white chocolate, raspberries, blueberries, and spice. Medium to full-bodied with an ethereal lightness as well as intense flavors (characteristics of top-flight Cabernet Francs), it should be consumed over the next 10-12 years.
                                          - Robert M. Parker


2007 Larkin Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - 93 Points

The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts an opaque purple color along with a big, projected nose of creme de cassis, smoked meats, licorice, and graphite. Layered, opulent, and full-bodied with the vintageís exuberance, flamboyance, purity, and sweet tannins, it has plenty of up-front appeal, but will evolve for 15+ years.
                                        
  - Robert M. Parker


2006 Larkin Cabernet Franc Napa Valley - 93 Points


The dark ruby/purple-hued 2006 Cabernet Franc boasts abundant quantities of sweet blueberry and black raspberry aromas interwoven with subtle hints of bay leaf, licorice, and flowers. Full-bodied and supple-textured with delicious, deep, ripe fruit nicely balanced by adequate acidity, this is a substantial, yet paradoxically, an ethereal tasting wine to drink over the next 12+ years.
                                          - Robert M. Parker  

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2006 Larkin Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - 91 Points

The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon comes across as essentially the same texture, but slightly fuller with more obvious structure. Notes of charcoal, creme de cassis, and subtle new oak as well as sweet tannin are found in this full-bodied, broader, slightly heavier Cabernet Sauvignon. It should drink well for 12-15+ years.
                                          - Robert M. Parker  

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2005 Larkin Cabernet Franc Napa Valley - 92 Points

Larkin continues to demonstrate a brilliant touch with Cabernet Franc. The dark ruby/purple-tinged 2005 reveals this varietalís intense fragrance of sweet cherries, raspberries, blueberries, bay leaf, and a hint of volcanic ash. Elegant in the mouth with impressive purity and fruit, medium body, and sweet, silky tannin, it can be enjoyed over the next decade.
                                          - Robert M. Parker  

2005 Larkin Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - 91 Points

A dense, burly, muscular effort is the dark purple-colored 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. Full-bodied with plenty of fruit, structure, tannin, and potential, it should be cellared for 2-3 years, and consumed over the following two decades.
                                          - Robert M. Parker  


2004 Larkin Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley - 92 Points

Always one of the finest Napa Cabernet Francs made, Larkin's 2004 offers a beautiful, expressive nose of menthol, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, and licorice. In the mouth, the wine is deep, rich and medium to full-bodied, but light on its feet, with sweet tannin as well as a long finish. Drink this impressive Cabernet Franc over the next decade, although I would not be surprised to see it last much longer.
                                          - Robert M. Parker  


2003 Larkin Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley - 90 Points

A brilliant Cabernet Franc, the 2003 possesses that varietal's tell-tale spicy, floral, blue and red fruit notes in the nose,. Medium to full-bodied but much lighter than the intense flavor suggests, it should be consumed over the next 5-7 years. This is a beautiful varietal when someone gets it as right as proprietor Sean Larkin

2003 Larkin Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley - 94 Points

The finest Cabernet Sauvignon yet from Larkin is the 2003, a big, bold, ballsy wine with broad shoulders, a dense ruby/purple color, and layers of smoky, charcoal-infused black currant fruit intermixed with high quality oak. It is a rich, full, savory, supple-textured Cabernet to drink over the next 10-12 years.
                                          - Robert M. Parker  


2002 Larkin Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley - 91 Points

A beautiful Cabernet Franc from this somewhat undiscovered source of terrific wines, Larkin’s 2002 is a wonderful successor to both their 2000 and 2001. A blend of 78% Cabernet Franc and 22% Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with a sumptuous, rich nose of blueberries, red currants, flowers, and a hint of cedarwood. Sweet, opulent fruit on the attack, a beautiful tactile impression of plushness and overall harmony, fine purity, and nicely integrated oak, acidity, and tannin suggest this layered, impressively made Cabernet Franc should drink well for a decade.
                                          - Robert M. Parker  

2001 Larkin Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley - 92 Points

Similarly styled to the 2000, with more length, volume, intensity, power, and concentration, the beautiful 2001 Cabernet Franc exhibits aromas of flowers, blue, and red fruits, medium to full body, great balance/harmony, and a seamless, alluring finish. It should drink well for 10-15 years.
                                        -Robert M. Parker

2000 Larkin Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley - 90 Points

Larkin produces Cabernet Franc at a level few California wineries are able to achieve. A sleeper of the vintage, the 2000 Cabernet Franc is a seriously endowed, floral, blue and red fruit-scented, medium-bodied offering oozing with flavor as well as potential complexity. This beauty should drink well for a decade or more.
                                      -Robert M. Parker

1999 Larkin Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley - 91 Points

Larkin's 1999 Cabernet Franc is a sensational debut effort. This wine is extremely concentrated, full-bodied, and youthful. A purple color is accompanied by a stunning perfume of pure creme de cassis, blueberries, flowers, and high quality toasty French oak. It is rich and full as well as remarkably elegant and light on its feet with noticeable tannin. It will be at its finest between 2003-2016.
                                      - Robert M. Parker  

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