2010 Larkmead Vineyards Solari
Production: 910 Cases
Fruit: 100% Estate grown fruit, produced and bottled at Larkmead Vineyards
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging:Aged for 20 months in 66% new French oak barrels
Cooperages: Tonnelleries Demptos & Sylvain
"Very dark ruby purple color. Simultaneously bright yet dark, fresh yet profoundly rich with a deep core of aromatic complexity — menthol, tar, black cherry, blackcurrant, smoky iodine richness, dried herb and classic Larkmead minerals. Dense, chewy, powerful palate with great depth and structure but always lively and energetic. Aromas carry through to the palate — powerful dark fruit, succulent and brooding. Multi—layered mid—palate with wave after wave of flavor. Extraordinary length and persistent finish.
One of the finest expressions of Larkmead's site to date — the cool season produced a particularly vivid vineyard signature overlaid with the natural density of a moderate crop level — the less the vines produce, the greater natural richness. The key is to harvest before the fruit loses its freshness. The wine has great enveloping flavor — deep intense black fruits, full and round, interwoven with many subtle savory elements — dried herbs, cedar & sweet tobacco supported by broad, rich, chewy tannins. The heightened level of detail and depth is a consequence of this long cool season and the wine's inherent complexity is drawn out along its entire length — each time one returns to the glass, there is something new to discover. Yet despite all this richness the wine's structure is always in the background keeping it tight and focused, refusing to allow it to become heavy or the flavors diffuse.
Significant aging potential of 12-18 years. Please decant for an hour in its youth."
Antonio Galloni - 98 POINTS, Wine Advocate, 12-27-12, Issue 204
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari has all the trademark Larkmead notes, but here the expression of fruit is all about power, structure and length. The Solari doesn't have the exuberance of the LMV Salon, but it has just as much verticality and length, if not more. According to winemaker Andy Smith, the berries were especially small in 2010, which is where much of the wine's structure comes from. In 2010, overall yields were quite low, so Larkmead did not produce their top of the line Lark Cabernet. Instead, all of that juice went into the Solari. The 2010 is a wine for the exceedingly patient. I only hope to taste it when it is mature. In 2010, the Solari is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040."
Robert Parker - 96 POINTS, Wine Advocate, 10-31-13, Issue 209
"The compelling 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari boasts an opaque purple color as well as notes of black currants, licorice, graphite and charcoal, sweet black fruits on the entry, and hints of pen ink and toast. The terrific aromatics are followed by a textured, multidimensional wine with a 45-second finish. As the wine sits in the glass, aromas of crushed rock and spice box also emerge. This complex, intriguing effort should drink well for 25+ years."