Larkmead Dr. Olmo 2014 - Liquors Inc.
Larkmead Dr. Olmo 2014
SKU: 33503

Larkmead Dr. Olmo 2014

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  • wa95+
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  • jd95

750ml
$198.00

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Category Red Wine
Varietal
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Larkmead
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
Shy and restrained upon opening, the 2014 Dr. Olmo has a compact core of black licorice, black cherry and forest floor. After an hour in the glass, however, the aromas become more secondary and poetic, displaying hints of candied orange rind and crushed, dried flowers. There is a lack of "juiciness" to the this wine; fruitfulness is not part of its perfume, a characteristic that is echoed in the flavors and the texture of the first sip. The build of this wine is one of its most alluring parts; while The Lark is sumptuous and round, and Solari is broad and deep, Dr. Olmo's texture feels almost weightless and ethereal. The wine dances on your palate, lightly coating each corner with its essence of dried rose, bramble, coffee beans and cigar tobacco. This is the most complex and nuanced, if understated, Cabernet in the Fall lineup. The natural style of the Dr. Olmo really responded well to 2014's vintage characteristics of freshness and energy, but though it appears inviting, the compact nature of its frame and its general agility will only become more graceful over the course of the next 10 years. Should you prefer to consume it upon release, we recommend opening the wine two hours before drinking, or to at least decant it. However, due to the wine's classic structure, another 5-10 years of cellaring will add to its depth and nuance.
James Suckling
  • js97

Blueberries and blackberries with hints of lavender and fresh mushroom. Full body, wonderful depth and resounding intensity. Plenty of asphalt and tar. Hot stones. Gorgeous ripe and fine tannins. Great depth

Wine Advocate
  • wa95+

The "Black Label" wines include the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Olmo, which is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the clone of Cabernet that is also called Eisele, This wine spent 20 months in 62% new French oak A magnificent wine by any standard of measurement, with notes of scorched earth, lead pencil shavings, charcoal embers, and blackberry and cassis fruit, this dense purple wine has undeniable minerality, a beautiful, full-bodied texture and a voluptuous finish. Drink it over the next 25 years.

Robert Parker, October 28, 2016
Vinous
  • v92-95

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Olmo is holding back quite a bit of its potential. Dark cherry, smoke, licorice, tar and menthol give the Dr. Olmo much of its brooding personality. The tannins are quite firm, but that should be less of an issue as the wine won't be released for about a year.

Antonio Galloni
Jeb Dunnuck
  • jd95

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Olmo (100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 60% new oak) is another awesome wine. Cedary spice, black cherries, currants, scorched earth and ample minerality all emerge from this full-bodied, expansive, structured wine that has sensational purity of fruit, ripe tannin, and a blockbuster finish. It has more structure and depth the most 2014s and will evolve gracefully for another two to three decades.