Larkmead Solari Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 750ml

Larkmead Solari Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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Category Red Wine
Origin California, Napa Valley
Brand Larkmead
Alcohol/vol 14.2%
Violet, dried herbs, and black tea dance around the nose while a core of cassis and dark fruit tones remind you of the warm vintage. With time in the glass, a dusting of red cherry and plum expand the fruit profile and give you a hint of what to expect on the palate. The wine enters with sweet macerated fruit, black cherry jam, and dusty, bittersweet chocolate that push to all corners of your palate. The texture of this wine is broad and driven by our vineyard: crushed rocks, gravel, and scorched earth are classic Solari characteristics. The finish on this wine lingers for 20-30 seconds with generous, mouth-coating tannins.
Jeb Dunnuck
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The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari is a smaller production cuvée and is (as always) all Cabernet Sauvignon that was aged in 90% new French oak. Its similar inky purple color is followed by a beautiful nose of pure cassis and blackberry fruits intermixed with notes of dark chocolate, violets, crushed herbs, and plenty of chocolaty, earthy minerality. Rich, full-bodied, and beautifully concentrated, it stays focused, tight and backward on the palate, yet is loaded with potential. It's going to reward 4-6 years of bottle age and keep for 25+.

January 31, 2020
Wine Enthusiast
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This Cabernet Sauvignon from a low-yielding part of the estate is deeply aromatic and complex in juicy, rich layers of red and blue berries. Lean yet powerful, the tannins take on a grip that offers additional structure and firmness, with a gravelly, earthy finish. Enjoy 2027-2030.

Virginie Boone, December 1, 2020
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The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari is dark, fleshy and enveloping in feel. Black cherry, plum, tobacco, chocolate, licorice and grilled herbs add myriad shades of complexity, but searing tannins need time in bottle to soften. Pretty floral and savory notes develop in the course of time. The 2017 will reward readers who can wait.

Antonio Galloni, January 2020
Wine Spectator
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Dark and winey, offering a mix of steeped black currant, fig and boysenberry notes, infused liberally with dark tea and licorice root flavors. Features a gutsy, juicy finish. This will need a little time. Best from 2022 through 2033. 1,169 cases made.

James Molesworth, November 15, 2020
Wine Advocate
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The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari (Black Label) is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in Darnajou French oak, 90% new. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it is profoundly scented of baked blueberries, prunes and crème de cassis with touches of kirsch, cedar chest, menthol and bay leaves plus a waft of charcuterie. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a solid structure of chewy, rugged tannins and lively freshness supporting the dense, muscular black fruit, finishing long and savory.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, December 19, 2019

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