Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon "Dr. Olmo" 2013
(Napa Valley, California) - [JS 96] [WS 90]
Regular price $245.00 Sale price $149.97 Save $95.03
Notes From The Winemaker:
Heady aromas of violets, blue fruit and graphite coupled with dusty, crushed rock and red cherry sweetness give this wine an ethereal bouquet. On entry into the mouth, the palate follows the nose but almost immediately the flavors draw back down to earth and are blended into a lean, but muscular, compact core. With time in the glass, the flavors darken as blueberries become blackberries and red cherry becomes black cherry. In the mouth, the tannins escape the core and dust the outer rim of the palate with sour, morello cherry notes.
The highly anticipated release of the newest wine in our portfolio, â€œdr. Olmoâ€ pays homage to dr. Harold p. Olmo, a uc davis professor who conducted clonal trials on larkmeadâ€™s property in the 1940â€™s and 50â€™s. Dr. Olmo took a selection of cabernet from those larkmead trials and propagated them at the oakville station; the â€œoakville clonesâ€ as they have become to be known built the napa wine industry in the 1960â€™s. Fifty percent of the grapes grown for this new wine are planted on the site in which dr. Olmo had his clonal vines planted. The 100% gravel soils where these vines are planted help produce a wine with some of the most intense larkmead aroma and flavor profiles.
Production: 1,635 cases
Varietal composition: 100% cabernet sauvignon
Soil profile: Cortina (gravel)
French oak aging: 17 months, 58% new - Tonelleries atelier & ermitage
Ratings & Reviews:
96 Points - James Suckling:
"Intense aromas of blackberry, tar and wet earth follow through to a full body, chewy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Bark and cigar box undertones. A solid and powerful red yet balanced and poised. Give it two or three years of bottle age after release to soften." (1/15/2016)
90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Bold 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." â€“ JL (Nov 30, 2016)