2010 Larkmead 'Firebelle' Proprietary Red Napa Valley

$179.95
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Savory, inviting aromas burn at the heart of this Firebelle from the Larkmead library. The velvety palate carries dense, penetrating flavors of roasted meat, cola and black cherry that are lifted by lighter notes of flower petals and herbs. Generous and spicy at the start, this becomes ever more succulent and creamy with time in the glass as it drifts toward a lingering finish of fragrant lilies.

Varietal:
Proprietary Red
Winemaker:
Andy Smith
Vintage:
2010
Aging:
20 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak, 49% new
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Vineyard:
100% Estate Grown
Total Varietal Composition %:
42% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc
SKU #:
1044803
Size:
750 ml Bottle
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James Suckling

Intense violets, dark chocolate and berries. Licorice. It's full-bodied with super-integrated tannins and a beautiful silky texture. It's long and fresh.

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Wine Advocate

The Merlot-based 2010 Proprietary Red Wine Firebelle boasts stunning depth, power and richness. Black cherries, chocolate, spices and new leather explode from the glass in this deep, resonant wine. There is more than enough fruit to fill out the wine’s big, broad-shouldered frame. This is an especially structured vintage for the Firebelle, partly because the Merlot is the lowest ever. Winemaker Andy Smith did a lot of co-ferments with the 2010 to bring all of the elements together. Drink through 2030.

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Vinous

The Merlot-based 2010 Proprietary Red Wine Firebelle boasts stunning depth, power and richness. Black cherries, chocolate, spices and new leather explode from the glass in this deep, resonant wine. There is more than enough fruit to fill out the wine's big, broad-shouldered frame. This is an especially structured vintage for the Firebelle, partly because the Merlot is the lowest ever. Winemaker Andy Smith did a lot of co-ferments with the 2010 to bring all of the elements together. The 2010 is 42% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc.