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The May 2022 Auction: Part 3

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Auction Ends: 5/19/2022 6:00:00 PM PDT

Lot #618. Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon Solari 2010

Description: Consists of 2 Bottles, 0.75L
Score: 98 AG.
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari has all the trademark Larkmead notes, but here the expression of fruit is all about power, structure and length. The Solari doesn't have the exuberance of the LMV Salon, but it has just as much verticality and length, if not more. According to winemaker Andy Smith, the berries were especially small in 2010, which is where much of the wine's structure comes from. In 2010, overall yields were quite low, so Larkmead did not produce their top of the line Lark Cabernet. Instead, all of that juice went into the Solari. The 2010 is a wine for the exceedingly patient. I only hope to taste it when it is mature. In 2010, the Solari is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. I was completely blown away by Larkmead this year. The 2010s are simply phenomenal across the board. This is also a vintage in which the different terroirs Larkmead works with are vividly marked. While many wineries are aggressively pushing the boundaries of pricing, Larkmead takes the opposite approach. The fashionable cult-loving crowd might look past these offerings, but savvy readers will recognize that Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignons in particular are some of the very best wines being made in Napa Valley today. If forced to choose one top-flight Napa Valley producer that remains under the radar, Larkmead would get my vote. These are spectacular wines that deserve a much broader audience. I can't say enough good things about what proprietor Cam Baker, winemaker Andy Smith and the entire team at Larkmead are doing at this historic property." Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com, Dec 2012
Provenance: The Calabrais Cellar
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $350

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