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2010 Larkmead - Cabernet Sauvignon Solari (Reserve)

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 96 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 106221-2010-750-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The compelling 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) 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.
    Drink Dates: 2013-2038
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    A powerful mix of ripe, rich, extracted dark berry, mocha, cedary oak and licorice flavors, with heat from the alcohol lending the tannins a coarse, biting edge.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2024
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Dark ruby-red. Subtle, slightly suppressed aromas of blueberry, licorice, sage and fresh herbs. Precise and intense but youthfully tight and closed; less opulent than the LMV Salon but serious and powerful. The dark berry, licorice, bitter chocolate and crushed rock flavors come across as distinctly dry and uncompromising today but the wine's big, broad, ripe tannins and finishing energy suggest that it will unfold slowly and gracefully with bottle age. This is 100% cabernet sauvignon and it shows.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2013
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Dbluband
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2013-2038
    Author: flwine

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.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned variety that is high in color, flavor, tannin, and body, displaying aromas of black currant, blackberry, violet, bell pepper, and black cherry. It is late-ripening and therefore struggles to grow in cool climates. Quality can vary tremendously depending on terroir, vineyard management, and winemaking style, with the highest quality wines coming from the Haut-Médoc and Graves in Bordeaux, and Napa and Sonoma in California.

The powerful flavors, tannin, and body of Cabernet Sauvignon make it well suited to ageing and allow it to stand up to a large proportion of new oak without overpowering the wine. 225-litre barriques are the most popular size barrel and French oak is commonly used by the best producers to add structural complexity and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and clove to the nose and palate. The best wines, many of which are below, can age further in the bottle for decades.

Old-World Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Merlot, which ripens earlier than Cabernet and adds plum, softer tannin, and lighter body to this Bordeaux blend. These wines typically have earth-driven aromas such as wet leaves and truffle along with bell peppers and leather. First-Growth producers such as Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Margaux consistently produce some of the highest-quality Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.

New-World Cabernet Sauvignon is seen both as a blend and single varietal. Warmer climates and long sunlight hours result in an extended growing season, bearing grapes with richer fruit, bigger tannin, higher alcohol, and lower acidity than their Old-World counterparts. Some of the best expressions of these full-bodied wines come from producers like Screaming Eagle, Hundred Acre, Schrader and Scarecrow.

All Cabernet Sauvignon pairs phenomenally well with meat-forward dishes such as rib-eye steak, short ribs, lamb shank, or a cheeseburger. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring mushrooms are also a great choice for this variety. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 129 bottles owned
  • 39 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 39 collectors)