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2011 Larkmead - Firebelle

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 87 WA
  • 89 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 71320-2011-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    Bright, full red-ruby. Musky currant, cherry, menthol and tobacco leaf aromas are slightly dulled by a whiff of nutty oak. More vibrant in the mouth than on the nose, offering currant, plum, mocha, milk chocolate and tobacco leaf flavors accented by a peppery herbal quality that runs through the wine. Shows a rather suave texture and a light dusting of tannins. Larkmead did not bottle its |reserve| wines in 2011 (LMV Salon and Solari) owing to the difficult vintage conditions here.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 87

    The 2011 Proprietary Red Fire Bell, a blend of 42% Merlot, 27% Malbec, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc, displays a dark ruby/plum color along with sweet red and black currant fruit intertwined with hints of sweet and sour cherries, a whiff of herbaceousness and a medium-bodied, elegant style.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: rphulse
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Dbluband
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Drink Dates: 2013-2020
    Author: flwine

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 159 bottles owned
  • 42 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 42 collectors)