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2014 Larkmead - Firebelle

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
abv 14.5%
  • 94 WA
  • 88 WS
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 71320-2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    A blend of 72% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2014 Firebelle finished at 14.9% alcohol. It is a beautifully rich, chocolaty wine with notes of savory spices, black cherries and mulberries, some fudge and coffee bean. It has medium to full body, outstanding purity, concentration and length. It was aged in 66% new French oak for 19 months prior to bottling. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    Juicy, with graphite and herbal shadings to the dried red fruit and black olive flavors. Muscular tannins and forest floor notes show on the finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,413 cases made.
    Author: Kim Marcus
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  • 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

    • 106 bottles owned
    • 36 collectors