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Proudly named for his young son, Jack Larkin is the latest offspring from local Bon Vivant and bona fide Napa Valley Cabernet Franc  producer Sean Larkin.

2014 Jack Larkin Red Wine Napa Valley - 92 points
The 2014 Proprietary Red Jack Larkin is an entirely different blend of 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. Opaque purple, the wine also offers up notes of Asian spices, black plum, black cherry and mocha with underbrush and forest floor notes. It is complex, medium to full-bodied and not as deep and powerful as the 2013, but more supple and up front. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.

This is another producer that consistently turns out fine wines and what would have to be considered reasonable pricing for high-end Napa offerings.
Robert M. Parker

2014 Jack Larkin Merlot Napa Valley - 90 points

Larkin also made a fine 2014 Merlot, which is 90% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. You see less and less high-quality Merlots in Northern California, which is sad since the best of them can be enticing. This wine offers up mocha, Chinese black tea, caramel and loads of plum and black cherry fruit in a medium-bodied exuberant, fleshy style meant for drinking in its first 8-10 years of life.

Robert M. Parker

2014 Jack Larkin Chardonnay Napa Valley - 88 points

The 2014 Chardonnay shows honeysuckle, a hint of pear and lemon zest. It is medium-bodied, fresh and lively with background oak. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.

Robert M. Parker

2013 Jack Larkin Red Wine Napa Valley - 94 points

My top score went to the 2013 Proprietary Red Jack Larkin, which is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Full-bodied, dense purple, with notes of incense, graphite, forest floor and white flowers, cassis and blackberry, this is a beautifully, well-made, full-bodied, multilayered, gorgeous proprietary red that is hedonistic and intellectually pleasing. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.

Robert M. Parker

2012 Jack Larkin Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Jack Larkin. This is slightly fuller-bodied, more concentrated, denser and seemingly more multidimensional than its sibling. It's also slightly more expensive. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.

Consistently good wines seem to emerge from this small family-run estate.
Robert M. Parker

2009 Jack Larkin Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
This single vineyard bottling is named after vintner and winemaker Sean Larkin's son, Jack Larkin. At 1200 feet, the vineyard overlooks Lake Hennessy and benefits from both southern and western exposures. This sixth release (144 cases) showcases the depth and dark blue fruit that has become signature characteristics of Jack Larkin Cabernet. Consistent from vintage to vintage in quality and profile, this is a well-made Cab that will continue to show its potential in the coming years.

2009 Jack Larkin Merlot Napa Valley

The fifth release of Jack Larkin is 100% Merlot sourced from select vineyard parcels located on Spring Mountain. The 2009 Merlot in particular, is a prime example of the intensity of mountain grown Merlot, particularly from the rocky strained soils of Spring Mountain where the sun-baked, rocky, infertile slopes provide the perfect level of stress for the vines, forcing them to dig deep, strong root systems. This results in small yields of intensely flavored grapes with a good balance of sugars and acidity. The 2009 is full of blackberry, blueberry, and rich coee on the nose. Detailed layers of black cherry combine with fine-grained tannin and cedar tones. The lush finish is round and balanced, providing persistent length of flavor. This wine will continue to develop with time in the bottle well into the next decade.

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2008 Jack Larkin Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - 94 Points

From vines planted high above Lake Hennessy, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a dense purple color, beautiful black raspberry, blueberry and floral notes, a sweet, full-bodied mouthfeel, ripe tannin, a layered, multidimensional palate and a long, smooth finish. Drink this beauty over the next 15-20 years.

While not to be confused with Sean Larkin’s wines simply called “Larkin,” the Jack Larkin offerings (named for Sean’s son) are also excellent efforts.
Robert M. Parker

2008 Jack Larkin Merlot Napa Valley - 91 Points
Larkin has turned out a 2008 Merlot that makes a mockery of some of the comments made in the movie "Sideways." Wonderfully complex notes of mocha, chocolate fudge, black cherry liqueur, forest floor and espresso jump from the glass of this full-bodied, sumptuously textured, fleshy, crowd-pleasing Merlot. With power, richness and a hedonistic as well as intellectual appeal, it should be enjoyed over the next decade.
Robert M. Parker

2007 Jack Larkin Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - 93 Points

The dense purple-colored 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, from a source above Lake Hennessy, exhibits Cabernet Sauvignonís blue and blackberry, floral character along with subtle notions of smoke, crushed rocks, and lots of minerality presented in a full-bodied, intense style. Approachable now, it should evolve for two decades.
Robert M. Parker

2006 Jack Larkin Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - 91 Points
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits aromas of blueberries, blackberries, and acacia flowers, good purity, and a nicely textured, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel. It should drink well for 15 years.
Robert M. Parker

2006 Jack Larkin Merlot Napa Valley - 91 Points
The son of the abovementioned Sean Larkin, Jack Larkinís 2006 Merlot is a very good example of this varietal with its chocolaty, mocha, blackberry, and cherry notes, soft tannins, and layered, plump, sumptuous mouthfeel. Enjoy it over the next 7-8 years.
Robert M. Parker

2005 Jack Larkin Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - 92 Points
"From a vineyard overlooking Lake Hennessy, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a black/ruby/purple color as well as sweet aromas of charcoal, acacia flowers, blue and blackberries, and subtle smoky oak. With full body, beautiful purity and density, and a long finish revealing well-concealed tannin, it will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age, and should keep for two decades"
Robert M. Parker

2005 Jack Larkin Merlot Napa Valley - 93 Points
"From the Switchback Ridge Vineyard, the blockbuster, hedonistic 2005 Merlot boasts huge notes of chocolate fudge, espresso roast, blackberries, sweet jammy cherries, and toasty oak along with oodles of fruit and glycerin. Neither shy nor wimpy, it can be enjoyed over the next decade."

Robert M. Parker

2004 Jack Larkin Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - 90+ Points
"This beautiful, deep ruby/purple-colored Cabernet Sauvignon offers up notes of smoke, black currant jam, licorice, coffee, and background oak. Full-bodied, powerful, and structured, it will benefit from another 1-2 years of bottle age, and should age nicely for 12-15+ years."
Robert M. Parker