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Larkmead ‘Firebelle’ Red 2018

The historic Larkmead estate is one of the oldest family-owned establishments in Napa Valley. Originally founded in 1895, Larkmead is celebrating is 127th anniversary in 2022. The historic Larkmead Estate is composed of 110 acres planted to Bordeaux varietes. Larkmead is 100% estate fruit; it is therefore imperative that the land is treated as an ecosystem with all factors interrelated and focus on long term soil health. The 2018 Firebelle is the most captivating bottling of this wine since the 2013 vintage.  

Grape Varietals: 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Region: Napa Valley, California

Tasting Notes: You are immediately drawn into the Merlot's deep, blue fruit perfume wrapped in a heady expression of raspberry bubble gum. On subsequent sniffs, purple flower, plum and cola notes bound out of the glass and are woven together with warming winter spices - the result of aging the finished wine for 20 months in a mix of new and neutral French oak barrels. The palate is exuberant, carrying an energy of fruitfulness and spice across your tongue. With a base of savory earth tones, red clay and loam, a brambly mix of forest floor fruits are accentuated with red cherry cola and roasted meats.  The medium body of this wine is tightly integrated with the tannins, accounting for the incredible length of time that you continue to taste the wine after you've finished your first sip. Drink now and for the next 5-10+ years. 

Food Pairing: Filet Mignon 


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