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2013 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1274212 96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark So much blueberry, black currant and licorice aromas follow through to a full body, plus focused and chewy tannins that are polished and beautiful. A super wine with a future. Inner quote mark (1/2016)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 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. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2015)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Deep red-ruby. Pure if somewhat brooding scents of raspberry, currant, licorice and tobacco. Concentrated and tightly wound, showing darker mid-palate fruit than the 2014 Solari as well as considerable power. But there's no shortage of sweetness here. This beauty spreads out to saturate the palate without leaving any impression of heaviness. The red fruit element returns on the ripely tannic finish, which displays lovely retronasal lift, belying its very high pH. This should last very well. Winemaker Petroski described 2013 as "the granddaddy of all vintages, with no soil stress, no heat spikes, no Indian summer." He summarized: "We made our most powerful wines ever." This wine was the highest in total polyphenols of all of the bottles in my double vertical and yet its huge tannins are remarkably integrated. (15.1% alcohol; the highest in pH of all the wines in my double-vertical tasting at 4.1) (ST) 94+ Inner quote mark (8/2019)

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