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2015 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $225)

SKU #1368156 99 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark 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. Located north of Saint Helena and pulling all from their estate vineyard located around the winery, owner Cam Baker and winemaker Dan Petroski have produced some true superstars in 2015. These are ripe, full-bodied, majestic, yet structured wines that are going to age beautifully. There’s been a distinct stylistic shift with the 2016s, which were harvested far in advance of when most were harvesting, and the wines are certainly still beautiful, yet more tannic, backward, and angular. They’ll be beautiful wines, but certainly in a different style than previous vintages. Inner quote mark (12/2017)

97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (5/2018)

97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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. *Cellar Selection* (VB) Inner quote mark (11/2017)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari emerges from clay-rich soils on the estate. Pliant, supple and enveloping, the 2015 possesses stunning textural depth and resonance. Soft contours (for a young Calistoga Cabernet) and plush fruit add to the wine's considerable sexiness and allure. (AG) Inner quote mark (10/2017)

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