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2012 Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon Solari Reserve

  • 99 WA
  • 95 WS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 106221-2012-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    A broad, rich, expansive expression of dark berry, currant, espresso and mocha, this hits all the right notes, with touches of savory herb and tobacco leaf. Most impressive on the lingering finish, where the flavors run deep. Drink now through 2030. 1,090 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2030
    Author: James Laube
    Issue: Nov 15, 2015
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari (100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 70% new French oak) is even better than I thought last year. This spectacular wine boasts notes of white chocolate, hot gravel, creme de cassis, blackberries, licorice and forest floor. A subtle smoky barbecue character is noticeable in the background. This is a thrilling, full-bodied, majestic Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 25-30 years, although its tannic structure suggests cellaring it for 2-5 years will be beneficial.
    Drink Dates: 2014 - 2044
    Author: Robert Parker
    Issue: 215
  • Vinous | Rating: 92

    Bright ruby-red; not quite as saturated as earlier vintages of this bottling. Distinctly dark aromas of black cherry, licorice and menthol went into a shell with aeration. Fat, thick and sweet if a bit youthfully monolithic; in a distinctly powerful style and even a tad warm on the end but not especially tannic. According to Petroski, 2012 was "a higher-yield year with a very hot August; 21 straight days after veraison with afternoon temperatures above 101 resulted in slow-cooked fruit." But the harvest did not take place until the first week of October and "the long hang time broke down the skins and resulted in lower tannin levels." Today this is most impressive for its breadth and length, but it needs time. (15.5% alcohol)
    Drink Dates: 2022 - 2034
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: Aug 2019
  • Jeb Dunnuck | Rating: 99

    The 2012 Solari is a stunning wine based on 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 20 months in 70% new French oak. As with most 2012s, it’s drinking brilliantly today and sports a youthful ruby/purple hue as well as a monster bouquet of crème de cassis, graphite, dried earth, licorice, and Asian spices. It’s rich and powerful, with plenty of underling structure, yet it stays weightless as well as seamless on the palate, with flawless balance. This is a brilliant, heavenly Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that will continue showing well for another two decades or more.
    Drink Dates: 2019 - 2039
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
    Issue: Up From The Cellar #7 & Misc New Releases
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Drink Dates: 2014-2044
    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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 136 bottles owned
  • 41 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 99
    (Out of 41 collectors)