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2003 Larkmead - Cabernet Sauvignon Solari (Reserve)

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 96 WA
  • 81 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 106221-2003-750-3B
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari Reserve is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 19 months in three-fourths new French oak from the well-known cooper of Sylvain. Named after the Solari family that purchased Larkmead in 1948, this cuvee is essentially an homage to their pioneer and visionary spirits. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by notes of cassis, flowers, and a subtle touch of vanillin. The fruit dominates the aromatics, and the purity is striking (a characteristic of all these wines) in this full-bodied, multidimensional effort. It is a terrific example of what Larkmead has been doing so impressively over the last decade. The alcohol is 14.7% with a finished pH of 3.86, which puts it in line with such great Bordeaux vintages as 2009. This 2003 is accessible now, but it has 25-30 years of cellaring potential.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($75) Good bright ruby-red. Very sexy aromas of blackberry liqueur, licorice, iron, graphite and gingerbread. Fat, sweet and liqueur-like, with creamy flavors of black raspberry, game and mocha. With extended aeration, this turned into a silky and utterly captivating fruit bomb with plenty of verve but a complete absence of rough edges. This style of wine in California so often falls down on the finish due to clumsy oak, excessive tannins or pronounced chocolatey torrefaction, but this beauty is all about creamy, thoroughly ripe dark fruits.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 81

    Dense and concentrated, with an odd paintlike aroma, but has some appealing dried currant, sage and cedary oak flavors. Decant. 350 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
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  • California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 92 bottles owned
    • 28 collectors