Larkmead Solari Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
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Supersleek in feel, with a very precisely cut swath of cassis, bitter cherry and raspberry coulis notes coursing through, supported with sanguine and iron details and a flash of savory at the end. Restrained, refined and very long. Best from 2022 through 2036.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is crunchy, textured and elegant. The palate is driven by grippy tannins, with lifted elements of herbs, crushed rock and violet lingering over ripe flavors of dark cherry and currant. Enjoy from 2028 - 2038.
Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari (Black Label) was aged in French oak, 92% new. It sports a deep garnet-purple color and fragrant notions of boysenberries, black and red cherry preserves and black currant pastilles with hints of garrigue, sautéed herbs and tobacco leaf plus a waft of charcoal. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is elegant and refreshing, features a racy backbone and has finely grained tannins that support the intense red and black fruits, finishing with refreshing herbal lift. 1,238 cases were made.
The flagship single-vineyard wine from Dan Petroski at Larkmead is remarkable in 2018. Comprised of two parcels at the southern border of Calistoga, bordering St. Helena. Soils are a combination of Cortina gravel and Pleasanton clay. A major level up in every dimension from the already fantastic Napa Valley Cabernet, the nose is enthralling: savoury and floral, ripe but restrained, smoldering and spry. The texture is seamless, multidimensional, bubt has a rustic authentically to it. A truly fantastic wine, and one to be looked to as a benchmark for balance, complexity, age-worthiness and transparency.
Beautiful aromas of currants, blackberries and flowers follow through to a full body with ultra fine tannins that are polished and so long and persistent. Linear and very, very fine, yet structured. Try after 2025, but already very impressive to taste.
What does Larkmead Solari Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 taste like?
leather, earthy, graphite
cherry, red fruit, pomegranate
oak, vanilla, chocolate
blackberry, black fruit, dark fruit
licorice, pepper, dried herbs
Food Pairing with Larkmead Solari Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Our wine experts think this Bold and Structured Larkmead Solari Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!
Cabernet Sauvignon is a red grape varietal that is widely regarded as one of the world's most popular and highly valued wine grapes. This grape is grown in many regions around the world, including France, the United States, Australia, Chile, and Argentina. The wine made from this grape is known for its intense flavor, high tannin content, and longevity. Cabernet Sauvignon is a hybrid grape, the result of a cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, which are both native to the Bordeaux region of France. The grape is known for its thick skin, which helps it to withstand harsh weather conditions, and its small berries, which contribute to its concentrated flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are typically harvested in the late fall, when the grapes have reached their optimal... Read More
Napa Valley AVA, located just an hour's drive north of San Francisco, California, holds the title of being the most renowned and prestigious wine region in the New World. The Napa Cab is a red wine that is aged in oak and has a strong aroma of blackcurrant, boysenberry, liquorice, vanilla, and smoky, bittersweet chocolate. It's the signature wine of the vineyard. Stretching approximately 35 miles (60km) southeast to northwest between the Vacas and Mayacamas mountain ranges, Napa Valley boasts some of the most valuable vineyard properties on Earth. The picturesque drive from Napa to Calistoga takes around 40... Read More