What began as a labor of love with 50 cases of Napa Valley Cabernet Franc in 1999, has grown into nearly 500 cases of what critic Robert M. Parkers describes as "Always one of the finest Napa Cabernet Francs made."
Founded by Sean Larkin, a devout and unapologetic hedonist and raconteur, the Larkin brand now extends into serious Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Additionally, a second label called Jack Larkin was developed in 2004 to showcase minuscule production, single vineyard wines.
Most recently, Sean has launched both the Tin Knocker and Grand labels as more affordable options for Napa Valley drinking. Sauvingon Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne and a lusty red blend are a few of the wines that fall beneath these marquees.
Sean Larkin is undoubtedly the only person born in Inverkeithing Fife, Scotland, who owns an emerging Napa Valley wine entity. What's more, Larkin, 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.
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