Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon "Dr. Olmo" 2016 (Napa Valley, California) - [JS 97] [JD 95+] [WE 95] [WA 94-96] [VM 94] [WS 94]

Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon "Dr. Olmo" 2016
(Napa Valley, California) - [JS 97] [JD 95+] [WE 95] [WA 94-96] [VM 94] [WS 94]


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About the Winery:
The historic Larkmead estate is one of the oldest family-owned establishments in Napa Valley. Originally founded in 1895, Larkmead is now under the stewardship of proprietors Cam and Kate Solari Baker.

Larkmead’s legendary vineyard features a remarkable diversity of soils that are more typical of a hillside than the valley floor. Centuries of alluvial flow have resulted in the accumulation of ancient riverbed gravel, clay, and loam. Winemaker Avery Heelan captures the nuance and complexity of this site by vinifying small lots according to clonal selection and soil type.

Tasting Notes:
There is a deep, rich sweetness to the aromas of the 2016 Dr. Olmo that are grounded by savory forest floor and earthen notes. Wild blackberries, black cherries, redwood and graphite lift out of the glass and are followed by a potpourri of blueberry compote, macerated strawberries, purple flowers, bittersweet chocolate and espresso bean. There is a hint of menthol lifting through the center of the wine that fades when the wine spends more time in the glass. This is an intensely aromatic wine!

As the wine opens up, it becomes more savory, with notes of black tea, black pepper, and pomegranate. The gravely, dusty cranberry finish is the signature of this bottling. For a heavyweight Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is incredibly nimble and ethereal.

Technical Information

WINE: 2016 DR. OLMO
CLASSIFICATION: LARKMEAD
PRODUCTION: 1,467 CASES
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 100% CABERNET SAUVIGNON
SOIL PROFILE: CORTINA (GRAVEL)
ALCOHOL: 14.5%
FRENCH OAK AGING: 21 MONTHS, 54% NEW TONNELLERIE SYLVAIN
CELLARING: BEST FROM 2025 TO 2040

Ratings & Reviews

97 Points - James Suckling:
"Impressive aromas of dried flowers, crushed blackberries and plums. Some sweet-tobacco undertones. Full-bodied, dusty and juicy with chewy tannins that are supple and savory, combining with the fruit. Flavorful and intense. So structured. Drink after 2023." (3/15/2019)

95+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"Lastly, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Olmo gets the nod as the most tannic and structured, with a brutally austere style that’s just begging for bottle age. Notes of lavender, iron, camphor, graphite, and bloody blue fruits all emerge from the glass. Possessing a Bordeaux-like purity and structure, medium to full body, ripe tannins, and a firm, tight, backward vibe, this is a beautiful wine, but only for those with patience. I wouldn’t think about opening bottle until at least 2026, and I suspect it will keep for 40-50 years." (1/31/2019)

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Tawny in taut leather with layers of coffee bean, dried herb, plum and cherry, this wine is structured and 100% varietal, from older vines. Lengthy in power and grip, it has dusty tannin weight and breadth alongside fistfuls of Asian spice and clove and lasting acidity. Enjoy now or wait and enjoy 2026–2036." - Virginie Boone (11/1/2019)

94-96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"A barrel sample of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Olmo (Black Label) rocks up with an outspoken crème de cassis, preserved plums and blueberry compote nose with touches of dark chocolate, dusty soil and chargrilled meats plus a waft of yeast extract. Full-bodied, very tightly wound and jam-packed with black fruit and earthy accents, it has a solid backbone of grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing very long." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (6/29/2018)

94 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Olmo retains much of the youthful intensity and raw power it showed as a barrel sample. Savory herbs, gravel, game, wild cherry, leather, spice, menthol and dried flowers give the 2016 its distinctive aromatic signatures. Despite its mid-weight feel, the 2016 carries quite a bit of tannin and more than enough structure to age gracefully for many years to come." - Antonio Galloni (12/2018)

94 Points - Wine Spectator:
"This is distinctive, with a loamy lead-in that quickly yields to enticing alder, flint, savory, sage and tar notes ahead of a core of well-steeped currant and blackberry fruit. Keeps a smoldering edge through the finish, with earth and fruit notes working together. Best from 2022 through 2036. 1,467 cases made." - JM (10/15/2019)