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2009 Larkmead - Firebelle Proprietary Blend - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Proprietary Blend
Score
94
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Drink Dates
Comm: 2012-2021 VF: 2011-2024
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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 162
Author Dbluband
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.573%
Tasted On 02/17/2013
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Author flwine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 80.734%
Tasted On 11/25/2012
Drink Dates 2012-2021

The 2009 Firebelle is 53% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc. Dark red fruit, flowers, spices and licorice are some of the many notes that emerge from this impeccable, totally classy wine. It can be enjoyed now, but there is more than enough freshness to allow the wine to age gracefully for a number of years. Darker notes of tar and iron add considerable depth and muscle to the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021. Larkmead is one of the historic estates in Napa Valley, with a rich lineage that goes back to 1895. The wines I tasted with proprietor Cam Baker and winemaker Andy Smith were all exceptional. Most importantly, though, these are highly individualistic wines loaded with true personality and class. Pricing remains exceedingly fair by Napa Valley standards, considering the quality of what is in the bottle.

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