by Fred McMillin
for April 3, 1997

The Larsen Legend

Prologue: "The Larsens have farmed their Sonoma land for 100 years"...from personal correspondence. "[The Larsen's] Sonoma Creek Winery makes...Cabernet Sauvignon that is full-bodied with considerable aging potential, offering good value"...by Prof. John Baxevanis in "The Wine Regions of America."

The Rest of the Story: with such a thorough knowledge of the Sonoma Valley, the Larsens were naturals to found a winery, which they did exactly 10 years ago. Sales have expanded steadily, helped in part by their substantial Cabernets like the '93 Reserve at a very reasonable $15. My tasters RARELY come up with a unanimous verdict, but they did with this one; usually at least 15% dislike any wine, but not this time. Every ballot rated the wine good or better. Case closed.

1993 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County
Sonoma Creek Winery
Sonoma Valley, CA

Categroy: Recommended

About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. He currently teaches wine courses at San Francisco State and San Francisco City College and is Northern California Editor for American Wine on the Web. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers.

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