Red

2013 Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Solari

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 13

  • JFS23 Does not like this wine: 88 points

    November 8, 2020 - Agree with previous notes. Decanted 90 minutes. Nose was lively with fruit and baking spices. Unfortunately a nice palate of front-loaded black currant, black cherry, and cacao transitioned to an unbalanced and unpleasant finish that was bitter. Perhaps I’d be more forgiving for a bottle 1/2 the price.

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  • NapaBias Likes this wine: 90 points

    November 1, 2020 - Save your $ and spend it elsewhere, it was a decent wine, actually no negatives other than it needing a day to open up. Bottom line, for upwards of $175, you should expect and get a lot more, glad I only have one more bottle

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  • Cailles wrote: 87 points

    October 14, 2020 - 24 Napa Reds: All tasted double blind. Brief impressions. This was one of the weakest wines of the evening. The theme of the evening was a competition of two groups about bringing “Napa wines which are in a very good drinking spot right now” with us blind tasters as jury. As there were a lot of wines, prolonged decanting was not an option. I was really surprised that somebody would bring a 2013 to such a tasting as I hardly ever had a 2013 which is remotely open and ready (confirmed with 4 out of the 24 wines being from 2013 and none of them being really ready). Very unfortunate choice, this Solari was muted, astringent and not harmonious. You could sense that there is a lot of substance but this wine is begging for more patience.

    Group score (23 participants): 88.4
    Group rank: 24 out of 24 wines

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  • sirpat007 wrote: 87 points

    October 1, 2020 - Napa battle (Napa Grill, Zurich): Tasted blind, double-decanted. When tasting this I was not sure if this was just an awkwardly aged nose or outright faulty. Very tannic and by all means not even remotely integrated palate. There is a chance that a proper decant could improve things, but I'm not holding my breath.

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  • Eric Guido Likes this wine: 91 points

    January 21, 2020 - Here I found savory bouquet, showing depths of red and blue fruits, peppery herbs, earthy mineral tones, and hints of cedar dust. At one moment, it would come across as subtle and withdrawn, yet the next, flamboyant and powerful. Silky textures defined the palate, ushering in savory crushed raspberries, laced with purple florals and licorice, yet lacking the energy and verve of the best vintages. The finish was long with staining dark red fruits, savory herbs and florals, leaving a coating of grippy tannin, yet I still found myself craving more energy here. Unfortunately the unique bouquet of the 2013, helped by a small dose of Petite Verdot in this vintage, set the stage for a performance that the palate and finish simply couldn’t live up to.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Larkmead’s Solari Cabernet and LMV Salon: 2001-2015 (Aug 2019), 8/1/2019 (link)

    (Larkmead Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Solari Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Antonio Galloni
    2013 Napa Valley: Once Upon a Time in America… (Oct 2015), 10/1/2015 (link)

    (Larkmead Vineyards Solari Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Antonio Galloni
    New Releases from Napa Valley: 2012 and 2013 (Dec 2014), 9/1/2014 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2013
  • Type Red
  • Producer Larkmead Vineyards
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Solari
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Code 893924000016

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 9 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,310 (86%)
  • Consumed 197 (13%)

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