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A brief history

The historic Larkmead estate is one of the oldest family-owned establishments in Napa Valley. Originally founded in 1895, Larkmead is now under the stewardship of proprietors Cam and Kate Solari Baker.

Larkmead’s legendary vineyard features a remarkable diversity of soils that are more typical of a hillside than the valley floor. Centuries of alluvial flow have resulted in the accumulation of ancient riverbed gravel, clay, and loam. Winemaker Dan Petroski captures the nuance and complexity of this site by vinifying small lots according to clonal selection and soil type.

The 110 acre vineyard is masterfully tended by vineyard manager Nabor Camerena and viticulturist Kelly Maher.
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Established in 1895

1100 Larkmead Lane
United States, California


Meet The Team

  • Dan Petroski

    Dan Petroski was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and has the swagger and the accent to prove it.
    After attending Columbia University where he played football, Dan went to work for Time, Inc. While
    there, he earned his MBA from NYU and worked his way up the ranks towards a promising future in
    magazine publishing. A good chunk of his tenure at Time was spent managing advertising clients,
    which involved considerable schmoozing. This is how Dan learned wine, by walking his expense
    account through the lists of Manhattan’s top restaurants. When the Wall Street Journal tried to poach
    him, Dan took a moment to reflect. Deciding a change of life was in order, he jettisoned to Sicily for a
    year, where he interned at Valle dell’Acate. While Dan’s intention was to return to New York to sell
    wine, a harvest invitation from Andy Smith at DuMOL in 2006 was too good to pass up, and Dan left
    the city again, this time facing west.

    After harvest, Andy Smith hired Dan as Cellar Master at Larkmead. The following year, Dan was
    promoted to Assistant Winemaker, ultimately claiming the Larkmead Winemaker title in 2012. Before
    cementing his status as a Napa Valley Cabernet winemaker, in 2009 Dan launched a white wine
    only brand called Massican.  Massican is Dan’s ode to the Mediterranean and his time spent living in
    Italy and drinking white wine. Dan is a gifted, instinctual winemaker, and his old world palate has
    guided his philosophy on wine.  Dan’s approach and ability to craft wines as diverse as Cabernet
    Sauvignon and Tocai Friulano has earned him the recognition as San Francisco Chronicle’s
    Winemaker of the Year in 2017.

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