Larkmead Vineyards

Firebelle Napa Valley Merlot Blend

9.517 ratings
9.44 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot Blend
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

The nose reveals; brambly, blackberries, dark cherries, stewed strawberries, blueberries, hints of slightly cooked rhubarb, mix of black plum & plum, creamed raspberries, vanilla, touch of cinnamon, clove and even less nutmeg, dark spice, underbrush, soft leather, fresh tobacco, limestone minerals, dry herbs-bay leaf, mid, mixed, berry cola, crushed, dry rock, steeped fruit tea, cherry kirsch, slight liqueur notes, candied; violets, fresh dark & red florals with hints of lavender.

The body is full, still youthful and lush. The palate & tannins are rounded but, teethe, tarry & a touch austere. The tension, structure, length and balance are very nice but, still have 7–10 years good drinking ahead. Brambly, blackberries, dark cherries, stewed strawberries, blueberries, hints of slightly cooked rhubarb, mix of black plum & plum, creamed raspberries, vanilla, touch of cinnamon stick, clove and even less nutmeg, dark spice, black licorice, underbrush, old, soft leather, fresh tobacco, limestone minerals, dry herbs-bay leaf, mid, mixed, berry cola, tarry notes, crushed, dry rock, dry top soil, steeped fruit tea, cherry kirsch, slight liqueur notes, candied; violets, fresh dark & red florals with hints of lavender.

One flaw, the first glass showed a little to much alcohol heat but, dissipated after. 14.5 ABV...seemed more like 15.5.

Photos of; our visit to Larkmead’s tasting room, the back courtyard and two aspects of their tasting patio.

The nose reveals; brambly, blackberries, dark cherries, stewed strawberries, blueberries, hints of slightly cooked rhubarb, mix of black plum & plum, creamed raspberries, vanilla, touch of cinnamon, clove and even less nutmeg, dark spice, underbrush, soft leather, fresh tobacco, limestone minerals, dry herbs-bay leaf, mid, mixed, berry cola, crushed, dry rock, steeped fruit tea, cherry kirsch, slight liqueur notes, candied; violets, fresh dark & red florals with hints of lavender.

The body is full, still youthful and lush. The palate & tannins are rounded but, teethe, tarry & a touch austere. The tension, structure, length and balance are very nice but, still have 7–10 years good drinking ahead. Brambly, blackberries, dark cherries, stewed strawberries, blueberries, hints of slightly cooked rhubarb, mix of black plum & plum, creamed raspberries, vanilla, touch of cinnamon stick, clove and even less nutmeg, dark spice, black licorice, underbrush, old, soft leather, fresh tobacco, limestone minerals, dry herbs-bay leaf, mid, mixed, berry cola, tarry notes, crushed, dry rock, dry top soil, steeped fruit tea, cherry kirsch, slight liqueur notes, candied; violets, fresh dark & red florals with hints of lavender.

One flaw, the first glass showed a little to much alcohol heat but, dissipated after. 14.5 ABV...seemed more like 15.5.

Photos of; our visit to Larkmead’s tasting room, the back courtyard and two aspects of their tasting patio.

Jul 20th, 2019
Michael Townley

Well balanced no food necessary but at Rusteak need to eat.

Well balanced no food necessary but at Rusteak need to eat.

Feb 17th, 2018
David From The 504

Will be drinking this tonight snuck a glass in before Santa got mad. That does it for my larkmead stock :(

Will be drinking this tonight snuck a glass in before Santa got mad. That does it for my larkmead stock :(

Nov 29th, 2016
Tony Capone

This is a big wine, that can stand on its own. Took abut an hour to open, its of black fruit, smooth tannins, toffee, toasted oak, this wine is still growing up

This is a big wine, that can stand on its own. Took abut an hour to open, its of black fruit, smooth tannins, toffee, toasted oak, this wine is still growing up

Oct 18th, 2016
Eric Guido

Smooth, shrouded and intense. The nose was dark and rich, showing blueberry, cherry liquor, cola, tobacco and mint. On the palate I found velvety textures with dark red and blue fruit, bakers chocolate and licorice. It finished shorter than expected, but with a fresh fruit quality with lingering nots of cherry pit and spice.

Smooth, shrouded and intense. The nose was dark and rich, showing blueberry, cherry liquor, cola, tobacco and mint. On the palate I found velvety textures with dark red and blue fruit, bakers chocolate and licorice. It finished shorter than expected, but with a fresh fruit quality with lingering nots of cherry pit and spice.

Jul 19th, 2015
Ty Richchouyrod

Ty had this 3 years ago

Ty had this 3 years ago

Mar 30th, 2016
Robert Poirier

Robert had this 4 years ago

Robert had this 4 years ago

Sep 5th, 2015
Robert Poirier

Robert had this 6 years ago

Robert had this 6 years ago

Dec 14th, 2013
David From The 504

David had this 3 years ago

David had this 3 years ago

May 12th, 2016
David Boyle

David had this 4 years ago

David had this 4 years ago

Dec 25th, 2015