Land, Weather and Planting
The soils at Larkmead are alluvial fans that border both Selby Creek and the Napa River. The main difference between this site and other sites bordering Napa waterways is that at Larkmead's site, most of the finer materials and topsoil have been "washed out" and carried down the valley, leaving high gravel concentrations and mid to large aggregate cobblestones. This gives Larkmead its unique character, resembling a rocky hillside vineyard.
These soils are naturally low in vigor and combined with our targeted low yields result in wines that are truly an expression of the soils and vineyards. Although there are four distinct soil types at Larkmead, the amazing geology and diversity results in many soil subtypes with varying amounts of rock. It is this rock component that has the most impact on the division of the vineyards and we target these different areas with different rootstocks, varieties, and clones to amplify the geology and wine attributes.
Foggy mornings, warm afternoons, and cooling breezes in the late afternoon give the Larkmead Estate a specific microclimate ideal for full development of concentrated flavors.
Our unique varietal and clonal mix, coupled with differing soils and rootstock combinations, provides a rich diversity of flavors and structures, and allows us to build the Larkmead blend "in the vineyard."
• Cabernet Sauvignon - Clones 4, 7, 8, 15, 34, 169, 191, 337, Olmo and Jenkins Selections
• Tocai Friulano - Heritage Clone
• Merlot - Clones 1, 181, 314 and Red Barn Selection
• Sauvignon Blanc - Clone 1 and Musqué Selection
• Cabernet Sauvignon - Clones 4, 8, 169, 191, 337, Jackson, Phillips and Jenkins Selections
• Merlot - Clones 1 and 8
• Cabernet Franc - Clone 332
• Petit Verdot - Clone 400
• Malbec - Clone 9 and 595
• Sauvignon Blanc - Clone 1 and 530