Larkmead Dr. Olmo 2013

  • v96
  • ws90
Larkmead Dr. Olmo 2013

SKU 795


The highly anticipated release of the newest wine in our portfolio "Dr. Olmo' pays homage to Dr. Harold P. Olmo, A UC Davis professor who conducted clonal trials on Larkmead's property in the 1940'S and 50's. Dr. Olmo took a selection of cabernet from those Larkmead trials and propagated them at the Oakville Station: The "Oakville Clones" as they have become to be known built the Napa wine industry in the 1960'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. 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. This is a wine of incredible flavor and textural intensity. The wine's tannins are overt and attack your palate upon release; however invigorating this may be in its youth, these sensations portend a long live ahead. The nature of this wine being its inaugural release will have us wanting to uncork and drink it at every turn, but patience will be rewarded. Anticipated drinking window will be 10-20 years after its vintage date, but if cellared properly, 30-years or more. Please decant if opening on release.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Larkmead
Alcohol/vol 14.7%
  • v96

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.

  • ws90

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.

James Laube, November 30, 2016