the notes from Robert P and Cards and Wine below are spot on. The only thing I would add is to decant this at least 90 minutes. Brought to dinner and decanted and the additional time allowed the wine to blossom and show layers of depth and the finish picked up quite a bit. This wine blew us away. Perfect balance, subtle tannins, serious depth of flavors. It was outstanding with and without food. I wish I bought a case from the KL sale....
Dark red and black fruits, flowers and currant on the nose. First sip is surprisingly smooth and silky. The tannins have melded into the background and the wine is juicy and pure cabernet. A 2 hour decant takes the wine from outstanding to extraordinary. Notes of black fruit, smokey bbq and mineral become more present. The mid palate and finish pick up considerably and it is now a wine that demands your attention. As you snap to you realize now the finish sails on for what seems like forever and you smile at what's in the glass and know that you were lucky enough this night to catch this wine at near perfection.
The 05 Solari and 07 Salon have been my all time favorites from Larkmead. I thought the 07 Solari had great potential if the tannins would calm down. Well they have and I was really surprised at how good this was at pnp. The 2 hour decant shows this is just starting to show it's full potential and enter it's prime drinking window. I think this could still improve a notch or 2 and reach perfection.
Deep nose of sous bois and dark cherry and spice that is so inviting. This covers the palate with shades of red and dark fruit followed by spice and sous bois. It's got perfect acidity and with some air the wine picks up weight and punch and has a deep long finish. We followed this over 2 hours or so from pnp and it really opened up with time. I'll decant next time. This is just starting to enter it's drinking window. Outstanding RRV appellation wine that punchs well above it's price.