From old vines planted in gravel-filled soils by one of Napa Valley’s oldest wineries, Larkmead “Dr. Olmo” Cabernet Sauvignon ($210) is a testament to Napa Valley, showcasing why the Bordeaux variety is the signature of the region. Celebrating their 125 anniversary this year, Larkmead Vineyards sits on the valley floor of Calistoga, nestled in a 110-acre sustainably farmed estate. With mountains on two sides and waterways flowing through, the vineyard enjoys an almost hillside terroir as fine material has been washed down the valley leaving almost 300 feet of well-draining, riverbed gravel sitting underneath the topsoil, ensuring roots have to dig deep to find their nutrients.
The wine is named in honor of Dr. Harold Olmo who planted the first clonal selection trial of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Larkmead Vineyard in the first half of the 20th Century. Dense and textured, Dr. Olmo Cabernet Sauvignon melds ripe black fruit with black licorice, earthy moss, pencil lead, and roasted espresso.