Larkin Wines

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2010 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 14 | Lot No. 28


Larkin Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

This exclusive wine easily embodies the finest Cabernet Sauvignon fruit we've harvested to date from the Melanson Vineyard, a majestic site perched high atop the slopes of Pritchard Hill along the rugged eastern contours of Napa Valley. An intensely rich, supple and saturated effort crafted solely for Premiere Napa Valley, this gem stands among the very best we've bottled from this celebrated vineyard setting.

Aging Process

24 months in French Oak Barrels

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.78
  • Single vineyard wine

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Sean Larkin

Winemaker, Larkin Wines

Winemaker, Sean Larkin

Sean Larkin is undoubtedly the only person born in Inverkeithing Fife, Scotland who owns an emerging Napa Valley wine entity. What's more, Larkin, now 46, took an amazing course of action from his chosen European profession to achieve his long term dream of becoming a wine proprietor in California's most prestigious wine producing area.

Larkin is considered a true bon vivant in local Napa wine circles and even refers to his Cabernet Franc as "the poor man's Chateau Cheval Blanc," in a most respectful reference to the great Bordeaux chateau. In many ways, Sean Larkin is a modern day pioneer in the truest traditions of Napa Valley. He arrived with little more than his energy and dedication and has literally made something really special from the grapes.

Country born: Scotland

Education: Self taught winemaker.

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Source good grapes, blend the best wines, and enjoy life.

Q&A With the Winemaker

Q: Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?

A: Premiere Napa Valley allows me to showcase one of the best vineyards in the Napa Valley.

Q: What was your inspiration for this offering?

A: I make a wine from this vineyard named for my son Jack Larkin. He has been my inspiration, since he was born.

Q: Fill in the blanks: I chose to make this wine from this particular ______________ because ______________.

A: I chose to make this wine from this particular  vineyard  because  it is one of the best vineyards in the Napa Valley.

Q: Why should a wine lover have a bottle of this wine in their cellar?

A: There are only a few wines made from this vineyard, and one bottle is a signicant part of this very special place.

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2337 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco  CA  94127


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