Larkmead Vineyards

Firebelle Napa Valley Merlot Blend

9.3261 ratings
9.344 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot Blend
Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

Dates back to the late 1800s, & have been owned by Solari family since 1948. The historic Estate has 145 acres. Deep Ruby with complex aromas of fruit, sweet cacao & spice for this Bordeaux blend of 42% Merlot, 35% Cab Sauv, 13% Malbec. 5% Petit Verdot & 5% Cab Franc. On the palate well structured with big fruit flavors of blackberry, raspberry & sweet cherry with espresso & cacao notes adding a bit of leather. Fine tannins, big finish, pops out of the glass ending with beautiful fruit & a bit of sweet oak.

Dates back to the late 1800s, & have been owned by Solari family since 1948. The historic Estate has 145 acres. Deep Ruby with complex aromas of fruit, sweet cacao & spice for this Bordeaux blend of 42% Merlot, 35% Cab Sauv, 13% Malbec. 5% Petit Verdot & 5% Cab Franc. On the palate well structured with big fruit flavors of blackberry, raspberry & sweet cherry with espresso & cacao notes adding a bit of leather. Fine tannins, big finish, pops out of the glass ending with beautiful fruit & a bit of sweet oak.

Oct 14th, 2018
Paul Weil

An amazing Napa Merlot blend with lots of bright cherry and dark chocolate flavors, and a body on the larger side of medium.

An amazing Napa Merlot blend with lots of bright cherry and dark chocolate flavors, and a body on the larger side of medium.

Sep 4th, 2018
Andy Demaree

Larkmead always makes me smile. :)

Larkmead always makes me smile. :)

1 person found it helpfulJul 11th, 2014
Henrik Poulsen

72% ME, 25% CS, 3% PV
1413 cases produced.

93+ pts.

72% ME, 25% CS, 3% PV
1413 cases produced.

93+ pts.

Apr 30th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Nose is muted fruit with minerals. Big tannins. Dark dry cassis; blackberries, black plum, dark cherries, pouched strawberries, used coffee grounds, medium spice, grainy volcanic minerals, red roses, cherry cola, leather, dry stems, black tea, nice acidity, structure is big to start but settles down as you sip, good length, balance and finish.

Nose is muted fruit with minerals. Big tannins. Dark dry cassis; blackberries, black plum, dark cherries, pouched strawberries, used coffee grounds, medium spice, grainy volcanic minerals, red roses, cherry cola, leather, dry stems, black tea, nice acidity, structure is big to start but settles down as you sip, good length, balance and finish.

Jan 14th, 2017
Michelle Russell

Marketing Manager Plumpjack/CADE/Odette Estate

9.0

Perfect way to toast our little family Christmas. Still tons of red fruit on the palate and some menthol in the nose. And millions of good memories make it even better.

Perfect way to toast our little family Christmas. Still tons of red fruit on the palate and some menthol in the nose. And millions of good memories make it even better.

Jan 8th, 2017
Matt Lasater

Dense and weighty especially on the mid-palate. Lots of plush concentration. Sexy. Dark and plummy with great mineral and savory notes. 79% merlot, 19%CS, 5%PV.

Dense and weighty especially on the mid-palate. Lots of plush concentration. Sexy. Dark and plummy with great mineral and savory notes. 79% merlot, 19%CS, 5%PV.

Sep 1st, 2016
Rebecca Fletcher

Blackberry, baking spice, tart cranberry. Floral and perfume. M acid, body, m+ tannin. Black fruit, cocoa. Very smooth.

Blackberry, baking spice, tart cranberry. Floral and perfume. M acid, body, m+ tannin. Black fruit, cocoa. Very smooth.

Aug 2nd, 2016
Dan O'Brien

Owner/Winemaker Gail Wines

10

Awesome!

Awesome!

Apr 23rd, 2016
Alicia

Always a good choice.

Always a good choice.

Oct 20th, 2015