Larkmead Solari Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Larkmead Solari Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
$197.95

SKU 798

750ml

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Solari is a wine that needs no introduction. We cannot think of a wine in the portfolio that has provided more enthusiasm on release or excitement in the glass than Solari. Consistently since 2007, Solari has been produced from one single parcel of Cabernet - A mere thirteen-year old vines, planted atop a blended soil structure that gives Solari its grace and its power; the gravel provides the high-tone red and blue fruit aromas while the clay soils give Solari a deeper, richer hue in its perfume. These characteristics travel across the palate with incredible momentum and gravitas. And for these reasons, year in and year out, Solari stands as candidate for wine of the vintage. From the first glass on release the wine's aromas are dark and brooding; wound tight and slow to evolve. but as the wine opens with air, purple flower notes lead, followed by bramble over hints of scorched earth. In the mouth, the core of this wine doesn't live in the mid-palate, but across the entire palate without loosening its focus. There is not one singular note or flavor out of place in this densely packed, muscular wine whose tannins are being pushed out on the palate because of the richness of the blue and black fruit core. The 2013 Solari is a profound wine that needs to be revisited a decade from now before considering its drinking window. This wine has the potential to age for half a century and still bring an incredible amount of pleasure in the glass.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Larkmead
Alcohol/vol 14.9%
  • wa96

Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari, which is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot (945 cases), is a huge, massive wine of great intensity, coiled tightly at present, but with high tannins, formidable extract and unlimited upside potential. This is a real connoisseur's choice, since it needs a good 5-8 years of bottle age. This is a monster effort from the valley floor and should be respected appropriately. Forget it for now. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035+.

Robert Parker, October 29, 2014
  • ws90

Wine SpectatorShows a solid, rich core of herb-laced currant and blackberry flavors, rustic and edgy, yet solid and sure to round out into a full expression. Drink now through 2028. 946 cases made.

James Laube, November 30, 2016