Larkmead Dr. Olmo 2013
Larkmead was one of the earliest founders of the Napa Valley Vintners Association and is proud to be embarking on their third century of crafting 100% Estate grown, Napa Valley wines. This wonderfully diverse and unique site is located on Larkmead Lane, just north of the town of St. Helena. The vineyard is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other key Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot - Larkmead has also recently started working with new blocks of Syrah, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc. This unique micro climate gives the Larkmead wines their special character. Below the shallow soils lies about 300' of old riverbed gravel, which drains like hillside site. Average temperatures are more like Oakville - and cooler than St. Helena and Calistoga proper - due to morning and afternoon fog that rolls in through the Chalk Hill gap and Diamond Mt. Recent plantings over the last 5-10 years, with the best clones and rootstocks are only just beginning to come into their own. So much so that Larkmead's client list for their grapes now includes Ramey, Pahlmeyer, Rudd, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and Shafer.
The Dr. Olmo Cabernet is an hommage to Dr. Harold Olmo, a UC Davis instructor who conducted clonal trials on Larkmead's property in the 1940's and 50's. Sourced from the Larkmead Vineyard from a block that consists of 100% Cortina gravel, this wine is fermented using all native yeasts, it is pressed and allowed to soak on the skins for 8-10 days and it is farmed using organic methods. The folks at Larkmead say 'Larkmead is hillside vineyard on the Valley floor.' This wine has a classic, fresh style, elevated aroma profile and medium body with great structure.
VinousThe 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (black label) is utterly magnificent. Towering and statuesque, the 2013 deftly balances ripeness, intensity and freshness, with suave tannins (for a big wine) and fabulous overall balance. A host of sweet red plum, pomegranate, spice, white pepper, crushed rocks and rose petal add the final shades of nuance. The 2013 is the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. The black label Cabernet Sauvignon emerges from parcels in the center of the estate planted on Cortina gravel.
Wine SpectatorBold and assertive, generous and supple, with a mix of loamy earth, graphite, cedar, tobacco leaf and underbrush flavors. A powerful yet refined expression best served by short-term cellaring. Best from 2020 through 2030. 1,635 cases made.