2014 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1325015

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RP 99 JD 98 JS 96
VN 93-96
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K&L Notes

Proprietor Cam Baker and his winemaker Dan Petroski continue to prove irrefutably what a first growth terroir Larkmead possesses. Located directly on the valley floor north of St. Helena, this is a superb site, with alluvial, gravelly soils, but there’s diversity in the soil, with plenty of clay, rock and what they refer to as Cortina Gravel. (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate)

Staff Reviews

  • Philip Bohorfoush
    By: Philip Bohorfoush
    K&L Staff Member
    One of the two ‘black label’ bottlings along with the ‘Dr. Olmo’. Both are stunning soil driven examples of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon showcasing CA terroir. The ‘Dr Olmo’ is grown on gravel and shows more brooding character, scorched earth, and minerality. The ‘Solari’ is grown on Cortina gravel and clay parcels resulting in a profile that is more plush, round, and seamless. The first vintage of ‘Solari’ was 2002 and ‘Solari’ has developed a well deserved cult following. One can’t help but be impressed by the plush texture and a savory quality. A superior bottling showcasing CA terroir.
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    K&L Staff Member
    One of two "black label" bottlings tasted at the estate, Solari is massively compelling in 2014 and exemplifies how the vintage can be truly special. It is focused, elegant, and clean with a melange of black and red fruit. With good acid, purity, and depth, it coats the mouth with super-fine tannin. Incredibly detailed and mouthcoating. It is hard to resist now, but give it a long decant or a few years in a cool cellar and then enjoy for the next 10-20 years. Terrific.


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