Larkmead Solari Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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99pts Jeb Dunnuck
Three words, winelovers: Ooh la la.
 Jeb Dunnuck: "From clay soils, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari is borderline perfection and reminds me of a young Montrose with its deep cassis and currant fruit, graphite and lead pencil nuances, full-bodied richness, and a powerful, yet opulent personality. This is a gorgeous wine that is certainly approachable today given its purity and balance, yet needs a decade to hit prime time and is going to keep for 2-3 decades. Drink 2026-2056.

Located north of Saint Helena and pulling all from their estate vineyard located around the winery, owner Cam Baker and winemaker Dan Petroski have produced some true superstars in 2015. These are ripe, full-bodied, majestic, yet structured wines that are going to age beautifully. There’s been a distinct stylistic shift with the 2016s, which were harvested far in advance of when most were harvesting, and the wines are certainly still beautiful, yet more tannic, backward, and angular. They’ll be beautiful wines, but certainly in a different style than previous vintages." Dec 2017

Winery: There is a savory expansiveness on the palate that surrounds the cassis-like fruit profile, with a hint of salty, cured meats, crushed rock and gravel on the outer edge of the wine. A dried herb, bay leaf note persists on the back of your tongue. Red cherry is at the core of dusty, dry tannins that linger for over one minute on the finish. A great wine, even in its youth, with incredible complexity on the palate. Year in and year out, Solari is Larkmead’s greatest wine.

Drinking Window: "Part of Solari’s signature is its seriousness of expression, from its classic warm climate flavors in the mouth that match step-for-step with its aroma profile, to its strength of structure that is built on the wine’s momentum. This is a massive wine that drinks very quickly due to its inherent balance. This wine is about its ability to not only be bigger than everyone else, but also be as agile. This agility is an incredible trait of the vineyard and the wine that trumps the conditions that Mother Nature provided in 2015. Please decant this wine in its youth, but consider cellaring this wine for at least two decades before seeing Solari’s full potential. Best from 2020 to 2040." ~ Dan Petroski, Winemaker

Bottle                    
750ml, cork                                                                                    
Varietal 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 
Alcohol %
14.7%
Aging 19 months in 82% new oak tonnelleries (Demptos) 
Region Napa Valley, California
Production Limited to 565 dozen

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