2015 Larkmead Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Solari

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Wine Critic Reviews for 2015 Larkmead Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Solari

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.

Jeb Dunnuck | 99 JD
So much tile and black-tea character on the nose with bark undertones. Full body and finely layered tannins. Focused and bright. A gorgeous finish. This is all about natural beauty. Smooth and intense power. Drink or hold.

James Suckling | 97 JS
This is 100% varietal and packed in flavor and body. Low yields make for a densely rich and concentrated experience on the palate—an intense, slightly reduced tangle of chocolate, caramel and dusty compressed black fruit. Earthy, it flaunts crushed rock, gravel and graphite elements, with a streak of fresh acidity on the finish. Enjoy best 2025–2030.

Wine Enthusiast | 97 WE
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari displays an opaque purple-black color with an intense mocha, baked blackcurrants and stewed plums nose plus hints of sautéed herbs, underbrush and tapenade. Full-bodied, concentrated and very firm in the mouth, it offers great ripeness and plenty of power but is just a little chewy and lacking that next-level finesse.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 93+ RP
Bright dark red with ruby tones. Aromas of raspberry liqueur, tobacco and licorice complicated by subtle soil tones. Juicy, spicy and concentrated; surprisingly alive for its high pH, with its red and darker fruit flavors complemented by menthol and soil notes and lifted by minerality. Very Cabernet but not in a particularly black style. Finishes with firm tannic grip and excellent length. (14.5% alcohol; 3.98 pH).

Vinous Media | 93+ VM
Intense and well-centered on dark berry, black cherry, anise, cedar and crushed rock flavors, this sails along until the graceful tannins weigh in on the finish, bringing this to an abrupt halt. Drink now through 2029. 565 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 91 WS
Inviting, savoury nose, a medley of grilled plums and cherries with toasty, creamy oak. Succulent and juicy, charming with a long, peppery finish. Drinking Window 2020 - 2030.

Decanter | 90 DEC

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Vintage 2015
Color Red
Country US: As one of the most prolific and innovative wine regions in the world, America is a joy to explore. Most wine connoisseurs will agree that the nation's finest and most compelling wines are being produced today, which means that we have front-row seats to one of the most inspirational stories in wine history. While other regions tend to focus on specific wine styles and have somewhat strict rules as to which varietals you could grow, areas like California have few such restrictions in place. As a result, creative visionaries behind America's most reputable estates have been able to develop compelling, unique, and innovative styles, with a level of terroir expression that rivals even France's largest giants.
Producer Larkmead Vineyards
Rating 99 JD
Region California: With a history of wine production that dates back to the 18th century, California currently sits as one of the world's most prolific and reputable wine regions. With an area as vast as California, you can expect a colorful collage of terroir profiles, a series of microclimates, and micro-environments that give the wine a unique, memorable appeal. The region's produce is far from homogenized in that sense, and it would take you countless hours to sample all of it. While the region boasts scars from the Prohibition era, it went through what can only be described as a viticultural Renaissance sometime after the 1960s. At that point, California went from a port-style, sweet wine region to a versatile and compelling competitor on the world market. Today, no matter which way your taste in wine leans, you can find a new favorite producer among California's most talented. Notable sub-regions include legendary names like Napa Valley and Sonoma County, places that any wine lover would die to visit. California's quintessential warm climate allows for incredibly ripe fruit expressions, a style that provides a stark contrast to Old World-inspired, earthy classics. Even where inspiration was clearly taken from staple French appellations, Californian winemakers put their own unique spin on the wine.
Type of Wine California Red: Whether it's Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Zinfandel, Californian red wine producers have a lovely habit of taking a varietal and expressing its essence in a unique, never before seen way. From Napa Valley to the regions south of Los Angeles, there's a red for everyone - and it's never too late to start exploring.
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
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