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2012 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1238671 99 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2012 Solari is a stunning wine based on 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 20 months in 70% new French oak. As with most 2012s, it’s drinking brilliantly today and sports a youthful ruby/purple hue as well as a monster bouquet of crème de cassis, graphite, dried earth, licorice, and Asian spices. It’s rich and powerful, with plenty of underlying structure, yet it stays weightless as well as seamless on the palate, with flawless balance. Inner quote mark (11/2019)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari (100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 70% new French oak) is even better than I thought last year. This spectacular wine boasts notes of white chocolate, hot gravel, crème de cassis, blackberries, licorice and forest floor. A subtle smoky barbecue character is noticeable in the background. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2014)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A wine with sliced mushroom, bark and spice plus berry and dark chocolate. Full body with forest flower, bramble, and light earth. Powerful and rich. A wonderful expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from here. Pure Cab. Inner quote mark (7/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A broad, rich, expansive expression of dark berry, currant, espresso and mocha, this hits all the right notes, with touches of savory herb and tobacco leaf. Most impressive on the lingering finish, where the flavors run deep. (JL) Inner quote mark (11/2015)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Graphite, smoke, licorice, incense, game and black fruit race across the palate in the 2012 Solari. This is an especially explosive, structured wine for the vintage, with superb balance and the density to support years of exceptional drinking. Black cherries, plums, game and tobacco reappear on the huge finish. This is a rare 2012 that demands patience. (AG) 94+ Inner quote mark (12/2014)

K&L Notes

92+ points Stephen Tanzer in Vinous: "Bright ruby-red; not quite as saturated as earlier vintages of this bottling. Distinctly dark aromas of black cherry, licorice and menthol went into a shell with aeration. Fat, thick and sweet if a bit youthfully monolithic; in a distinctly powerful style and even a tad warm on the end but not especially tannic. According to Petroski, 2012 was "a higher-yield year with a very hot August; 21 straight days after veraison with afternoon temperatures above 101 resulted in slow-cooked fruit." But the harvest did not take place until the first week of October and "the long hang time broke down the skins and resulted in lower tannin levels." Today this is most impressive for its breadth and length, but it needs time. (15.5% alcohol)" (8/2019)


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