Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Solari Reserve 2009

Member Review by JonDerry:

Voloptuous and somewhat tart raspberry fruit intermixed with leather, mineral, and spice in the background. Oak singe on the finish. Without the power of the 07, and the complexity or balance of the 08', this is a little disappointing, at least out of the gate. Not much in the way of acidity. PnP only a couple of days after release, will see how it evolves after more bottle aging. 89 points.

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Larkmead Vineyards:
Larkmead is a truly historic vineyard, dating back to the 1880s, and has been owned by members of the Solari family since 1948. One of the very finest vineyards in Napa Valley, Larkmead's 120 acres are primarily planted to Cabernet but also Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and a small block of 100 year-old Tocai Friulano vines. In addition to cra... Read more
Larkmead is a truly historic vineyard, dating back to the 1880s, and has been owned by members of the Solari family since 1948. One of the very finest vineyards in Napa Valley, Larkmead's 120 acres are primarily planted to Cabernet but also Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and a small block of 100 year-old Tocai Friulano vines. In addition to crafting its own 100% Napa Valley Estate wines, Larkmead also grows and sells top quality fruit to select premium Napa Valley wineries. Read less

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Snooth User: JonDerry
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11/02/2011

Voloptuous and somewhat tart raspberry fruit intermixed with leather, mineral, and spice in the background. Oak singe on the finish. Without the power of the 07, and the complexity or balance of the 08', this is a little disappointing, at least out of the gate. Not much in the way of acidity. PnP only a couple of days after release, will see how it evolves after more bottle aging. 89 points.


External Reviews for Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Solari Reserve

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
10/10/2012

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon bursts from the glass with a rush of black fruit, smoke, licorice, graphite and tar. All the elements flow together gracefully towards the big, fleshy finish. There is plenty of tannin to support the fruit, suggesting the wine will drink well for a number of years. I especially like the way the wine keeps growing in the glass. This is one of the firmer, more vibrant 2009s readers will come across. Simply put, it is fabulous. Anticipated maturity: 2014ndash;2029.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
10/10/2012

Ruby-red. Blackberry, licorice, minerals and chocolate on the nose, plus a whiff of shoe polish. Dense, spicy and nicely delineated, with excellent intensity to the dark cherry and mineral flavors. Firmly structured cabernet with granular tannins and a suggestion of medicinal reserve. This will need at least four or five years of bottle aging.



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